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The Well-Trained Mind, 4th Edition

5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)


Give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school with the step-by-step instructions in The Well-Trained Mind, resulting in the ability to read, to think, to understand, to be well-rounded and curious about learning.

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Backed by two generations of experience in home education, veteran home educators Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school “grammar stage,” when the building blocks of information are absorbed through memorization and rules; the middle school “logic stage,” in which the student begins to think more analytically; and the high-school “rhetoric stage,” where the student learns to write and speak with force and originality. Using this theory as your model, you’ll be able to guide your child – whether full-time or as a supplement to classroom education – through all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.

Thousands of parents and teachers have already used the detailed book lists and methods described in The Well-Trained Mind to create a truly superior education for the children in their care. This extensively revised fourth edition contains completely updated curricula and book lists, links to an entirely new set of online resources, new material on teaching children with learning challenges, cutting-edge math and sciences recommendations, answers to common questions about home education, and advice on practical matters such as standardized testing, working with your local school board, designing a high-school program, preparing transcripts, and applying to colleges.

Is your child getting lost in the system, becoming bored, losing the natural eagerness to learn? If so, it may be time to take charge of your child’s education – by doing it yourself. You can have control over what and how your child learns. The Well-Trained Mind will give you the tools you’ll need to teach your child with confidence and success.

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2 reviews for The Well-Trained Mind, 4th Edition

  1. Jeff

    Will a paperback version be released? If so, when?

    • Press Minion

      There are no plans for a paperback version at this time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hi, is this book available as a PDF downloadable version please? Thank you 🙂

  3. 5 out of 5


    This is a great book for any home schooler who needs help getting organized, scheduling classes and just getting a good plan together. After I had read up on charlotte mason education, our school days were getting so long, as I tried to squeeze everything in. We also were being strict about no more than 20-30 mins per subject that it made me uptight. Studies were no longer enjoyable. Buy scheduling a whole hour for history, I am finding that there’s time for discussion. There’s time to print pages to color, to go look things up on you tube. Same with science.. before this book we didn’t have time for any projects, experiments or crafts. This book really helped me with scheduling our time. I love all the book recommendations per grade level. Thank you for so much information packed in one book. This is a book to come back to 3 times a year.. the beginning, middle and towards the end while planning the next year. The check lists and subject tips are amazing.

  4. valeriefuchs

    This is the best resource for homeschoolers i have ever found. It helped me a lot for organize homeschooling with my children in 3 different grades. Resource selections are amazing.
    I have a question about literature selections by Plato and Aristotle (p.87 in the 4th edition). Do you have any specific book selections that i can read aloud to my first and third graders?

    • Answer Desk

      That list is for stories and poems “about, by, or from” – for the younger students, I would probably recommend looking for books about Plato and Aristotle. This type of book will tell them who they are and why they are important, and that familiarity will help when they move on to the source texts in later grades.

  5. Emi

    Is a 5th edition planned and if so, when is the expected release date?

    • Answer Desk

      There is no current timeline for a 5th edition, so I’d anticipate it being a few years off. WW Norton is actually the publisher of this particular book, and they decide on the schedule of updates.

  6. Peter Mapes

    Where do I find the pdf versions of the “Sample Weekly Checklists” on pages 261-270 of W.T.M 4th edition?
    Thank you very much for your most useful and inspiring resource!

    • Answer Desk

      The Sample Weekly Checklists do not have a PDF version; they are just examples that people can use to make their own checklists. If there is a PDF available, it should be specified on the page, like it is for the Curriculum Planning Worksheet that follows the checklists. Should you be interested in that one, you can find it here: WTM Extended Guide: Planning Worksheets

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