Author: Andrew Campbell

How I Teach Ørberg

Over the years, I’ve received many questions about how I teach Hans Ørberg’s Lingua latina per se illustrata, whether in a classroom setting or in private tutorials. Here is the method I’ve found most effective. -Andrew Campbell The key to teaching Ørberg effectively is reading the text aloud until the student internalizes the syntax and…

How to Implement Memory Work

    Memory work: the very name conjures up images of 19th-century schoolchildren hunched over their lesson books, or perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, engrossed in his mind palace. But memorization is essential to learning. In fact, some scholars have defined learning as “an alteration in long-term memory,” and this makes intuitive sense. If you…

Finding Your “Why?” for Teaching Latin

Latin is the cornerstone of traditional classical education, so it’s no surprise that modern classical homeschoolers want to teach it to their children. As the author of an elementary Latin program, I’m often asked to weigh in on the merits of various curricula. Many of the parents who ask for my advice have never studied…

K-12 Social Studies Sequence

Many homeschoolers associate classical education with two things: Dorothy Sayers’ idea of the Trivium as stages of child development and the four-year world history cycle that Susan Wise Bauer describes in The Well-Trained Mind. I’ve argued that neither of those things has much at all to do with what the term classical education meant before…

How to Simplify Your Curriculum

As I write this, many homeschoolers are in the throes of planning for the new school year. I have watched on social media as parents have shared photos of towering book piles and the complicated systems they use to keep track of their curriculum choices. While I am in awe of their dedication and the…

In Praise of Textbooks

Don’t you just love a good lit-based curriculum? What could be more thrilling to the heart of a homeschooling parent than the promise of snuggling on the couch, reading all those beautiful books with your children? Imagine teaching not just literature but also history, science, and even math through engaging narratives rather than boring, dry…

Renewing the Promise of Classical Education

Classical education is facing a reckoning, and one that is long overdue. While some classical educators cling to what Jonathan Roberts describes as “a nostalgia for something that never existed” and continue to tout the false narrative of Western Civilization, others have had enough. Convinced that the classical method is nothing more than a relic…

How to Teach Essay-Writing

Teaching essay-writing is a challenge for many teachers. I’d like to share a method I’ve used successfully with middle school and high school students both in the classroom and as a private writing tutor to homeschoolers. The method relies on recognizing how a well-structured paragraph can be expanded into longer and longer essay forms. The…

Classical vs. Neoclassical Education

If you’ve been around the homeschooling world for a while, you’ve no doubt heard about classical education (CE). Known for its academic rigor, the classical method provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes strong language skills and a solid grounding in literature and history. Most classical homeschoolers follow the method outlined in The Well-Trained Mind…