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Classical Writing

Vol. 62, Prg. 31–35
October 3–7, 2005

Many homeschooling parents want their children to write well, but are unsure how to achieve that goal. Discover the classical approach, which requires children to study models of excellent writing and to think critically, and teaches them to see the connections between their various school subjects. Get tips and answers to your questions from Michael Farris’s interview with two developers of a classical writing curriculum.

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Why write well?
Classical writing
A unified approach
The challenges of teaching writing
How it works


Lene JaquaLene Jaqua

Lene Mahler Jaqua and her husband, Mike, are the parents of four children, whom they have always homeschooled. The family lives at the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Lene has a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear structure from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is also a co-author with Tracy Gustilo of the Classical Writing curriculum series (see www.classicalwriting.com for more information).. Lene spends her "free" time researching theology, philosophy, writing, and special education. Her youngest son has Down Syndrome and a moderate hearing impairment as well as being medically fragile. Much of Lene's time is spent researching ways to educate him. "To love the least of these is to see the face of God."

Kathy WeitzKathy Weitz

Kathy Weitz and her husband, Rick, live in Virginia with their six children, ranging in age from 17 to 5. Kathy has home educated her children since 1994, and as of June 2005, has graduated her oldest two sons, Joshua and Caleb. Ethan (12), Grace (9), Daniel (7), and Connor (5) remain at home and are the primary "testers" for the Classical Writing workbooks. Kathy, who has a bachelor of science in home economics from Virginia Tech, stays busy pursuing a classical education for herself as well as her children, and has developed a passion for Latin and the classics. In addition, Kathy enjoys practicing hospitality, is learning to play the violin, and loves to read.

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