Resources for Parents and Teachers
We have gathered some resources to help you learn more about both the theoretical and practical aspects of classical education.
Below, you will find links to many articles, free books online, and additional class offerings. We have also included some books you may wish to add to your home library. Most of the book links below are to our Amazon store, where you can order new or used versions of many of these. Ordering here will help to offset some of our operating costs – like this website.
A WORD TO THE NON-CLASSICALLY EDUCATED PARENT
(In other words, to almost all of us.)
Many of us, educated in these United States in last generation or two, agree completely with the precepts and methods of a classical education, but we feel intimidated because our own education was far from classical, and may even have been seriously deficient. How then can we hope to do provide this kind of an education for our own students?
We are here to tell you that there is hope. Many of us at Providence Prep, in varying degrees and ways, have sought to educate ourselves classically. Sometimes we have only been a small step ahead of our own children, but that is sufficient. We urge you to join us, and commence your own classical education at once! Not only will you grow in your own knowledge and understanding, but you will be modeling a lifelong pursuit of education for them—a rich legacy, indeed.
Toward that end, here are a few suggestions.
Most importantly, begin to read the great books of the Western canon. Simply read. Read for yourself, and read aloud to your children. Learn the historical context as well. Do not be afraid to read the great and enduring authors, fearing you will not understand. You will find that the more you read, the more you will understand. So get started! As C.S. Lewis said…
This is just a nugget from one of Lewis’s most oft-quoted essays. We highly recommend that you read his entire Introduction to On the Incarnation – it will inspire and encourage you!
Principles of Classical Education
Practices of Classical Education