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Lists of Famous Men and Women to Study from The Well Trained Mind

This picture is intentionally blurry because I am very careful about not violating copyright. My main point in taking it was to exemplify for those of you who do not yet own Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise’s book The Well Trained Mind, all of their wonderful lists of famous people to study with your child over the course of their education. The authors have eight lists of people to know, divided into era and and categorized in both the Grammar and Logic Stage. In layman’s terms this means “Here’s a list of people your child should know about when they are in first grade, here’s a list for second grade etc.”

As an Afterschooling family who loosely incorporates a Classical Education model of learning, these lists of people are a good reference for me as a parent to look at from time to time, to keep us on track. When we read about a famous person during bedtime read aloud, or listen to a CD about Abraham Lincoln, I make a little annotation in my copy of The Well Trained Mind. I write a “B” next to the name for when Bruce has been exposed to the famous person in question, and I’ll write a “J” someday when Jenna is old enough to participate too.

Homeschooling families sometimes take this even further and create a giant timeline in their living room with pictures of each famous person studied, as suggested in The Well Trained Mind. But we are a bit more low-key than that, primarily because any history study we do at home is just a supplement to the excellent education my children are already receiving in public schools. Who knows what we might get up to this summer though? 🙂


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