In The Well-Trained Mind, we offer our “top” recommendations for curricula: those that combine academic excellence, ease of use for the parent, clarity, and (when possible) affordability. But there are many books, programs, and resources that are compatible with the goals of classical education–even though we may have found them unnecessarily complicated, hard to find, overpriced, specialized, or quirky to list in the book itself.

The recommendations listed here are only a few of the many available. Visit our forums at forums.welltrainedmind.com for even more suggestions.

Wondering about the latest edition of The Well-Trained Mind? Here, Susan walks through the updates and changes you’ll find in the fourth edition:

Additional Curricula Recommendations By Subject

Additional Curricula Recommendations By Stage

Additional Curricula Recommendations Fourth Edition: Resources Update Below, you’ll find a continually updated list of resources recommended in the fourth edition of The Well-Trained Mind that have changed in their format or availability. If you’ve discovered others, please email us at 4thEdCorrections@welltrainedmind.com!   DATE: December 20, 2016 RESOURCE: Latina Christiana II (page 233) CHANGE: This product has been discontinued by the publisher, Memoria...

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Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition The Newest Edition of a Homeschool Classic The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home has gone into its fourth edition! Here’s a list of the major differences in this most recent revision. Each chapter has been separated into two sections: first, how to teach a subject (methods, goals, expectations, etc.); and second, what resources to use...

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Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition Spelling Power Subject: Spelling Grade level: 3-12 Publisher: Castlemoyle Books Website: http://www.spellingpower.com/ Description: This one-volume spelling resource, recommended in earlier editions of The Well-Trained Mind, is designed for use in any grade (third and after). Rather than taking a workbook approach to spelling, Spelling Power is list-focused; it divides a list of 5,000 words (“most frequently used...

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Additional Curricula Recommendations Spelling by Sound and Structure (Rod and Staff) Subject: Spelling Grade level: 2-8 Publisher: Rod & Staff Website: https://www.milestonebooks.com/list/Rod_and_Staff_Spelling Description: Spelling by Sound and Structure progresses, over seven levels, from phonetic spelling rules, through exceptions and word roots and prefixes, concluding with word study. Word lists for each lesson are primarily organized around phonetic principles. The program consists of a student workbook and a...

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Additional Curricula Recommendations Beast Academy Subject: Mathematics (arithmetic) Grade level: Elementary and early middle school (grades 2-5) Publisher: Art of Problem Solving Website: https://www.beastacademy.com/ Description: Beast Academy is a conceptual math program intended to cover arithmetical topics (according to the publisher, it is “loosely based on the Common Core standards”) The program is written in comic...

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Additional Curricula Recommendations Fourth Edition: Resources Update

Below, you’ll find a continually updated list of resources recommended in the fourth edition of The Well-Trained Mind that have changed in their format or availability. If you’ve discovered others, please email us at 4thEdCorrections@welltrainedmind.com!   DATE: December…

Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition The Newest Edition of a Homeschool Classic

Susan Wise Bauer walks us through the differences between the 4th edition of The Well-Trained Mind and its previous versions. Text! Video! Bullet Points! Everything you need to navigate the extensively updated edition is right here.

Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition Spelling Power

Subject: Spelling Grade level: 3-12 Publisher: Castlemoyle Books Website: http://www.spellingpower.com/ Description:  This one-volume spelling resource, recommended in earlier editions of The Well-Trained Mind, is designed for use in any grade (third and after). Rather than taking a workbook approach to…

Additional Curricula Recommendations Spelling by Sound and Structure (Rod and Staff)

Spelling by Sound and Structure progresses, over seven levels, from phonetic spelling rules, through exceptions and word roots and prefixes, concluding with word study.

Additional Curricula Recommendations Beast Academy

Beast Academy (mathematics, grades 2-5) operates by giving students problems to solve without a great deal of initial instruction, guiding them into learning as they wrestle with unfamiliar material.