Last fall I mentioned that our son Matthew participated in a classical Christian homeschooling tutorial program called Sequitur, which launched in the fall of 2012. It required two full mornings per week of class time in Baton Rouge, but it was so very much worth the drive. It was, for example, through Sequitur that Matt and I read The Odyssey together; I blogged on that last year. We were thrilled by what he learned in Sequitur during the last academic year from teachers Brian Daigle and Kevin Lindholm, and are excited about the second year of Sequitur starting this month. This year, among the texts the kids are reading: The Iliad. Can’t wait!
Sequitur just debuted its website, which I’m glad about, because I can share something with you about the program. Excerpt:
Sequitur Classical Tutorials is being offered during the 2013/2014 school year as a resource to homeschool families. Our name, Sequitur Classical Tutorials, alludes to our three-fold vision. Like its Latin equivalent, sequitur means ‘to follow’. As a term used in deductive reasoning, sequitur often refers to the conclusion of a syllogism or the truth of the conclusion which necessary follows from the truth of the premises. First, we hope our students will learn the art of good reasoning. We will seek to mature our students as faithful Christians who love the triune God with their whole mind. Second, we will seek to mature our students as faithful Christians who follow Christ in thought, word and deed. Lastly, ‘Classical Tutorials’ alludes to the third aspect of our vision, that of partnering with homeschool parents in order to educate their children in the Classical and Christian traditions. Our mission is to equip children to affirm the true, pursue the good, and enjoy the beautiful to the glory of Jesus Christ, by whom and for whom all things were created. Our students’ understanding of and appreciation for the ancient triad of truth, goodness, and beauty will be formed by intricately weaving a robust and interdisciplinary Christian worldview into each area of study.
Sequitur Classical Tutorials is divided into three schools: Pre-Sequitur, Logic School, and Rhetoric School. Pre-Sequitur enrolls fifth and sixth grade students into a basic Art of Letters course, while also offering an optional art course. Logic School students range from seventh to eighth grade and are taught in gender differentiated classes. Rhetoric School enrolls students ranging from ninth to twelfth grade. Each are taught ‘according to their frame’ in their respective schools, and each school builds on the work done in the preceding school.
There’s a lot more about Sequitur on the website. If you are a homeschooling family in the Baton Rouge area, I think there is still time to sign up for this year’s program, but you’d better hurry.
I’m curious to know from homeschoolers in this blog’s readership whether or not you have your kids in something like this, if it’s available. Why or why not? If yes, what’s it like for you? I can easily imagine secular homeschoolers doing something like this, reading classical texts without the Christian emphasis, or even a more abbreviated classical tutorial program on weekends or evenings that serves as an enrichment for kids in private, public, or religious school. Put those energetic young graduates with humanities degrees to work for your children! What a great resource Sequitur has been for us.