The Classical Method: The classical method of instruction aims to equip children, whom God has created to be natural learners, with the tools of self-learning as they progress through the different stages of their development. The classical method strives to lay a firm foundation of factual knowledge, and then build upon that foundation, by teaching students to develop the skills of logical reasoning, discernment, and analytical thinking. In all of this, the Word of God is the standard for determining truth and developing a Christian worldview. The classical method endeavors to help students master the tools of learning, synthesize what they have learned, make practical use of the knowledge they have gained, and express their knowledge and ideas creatively, persuasively, eloquently in speech and in writing.
Why the Classical approach makes sense for Redeemer: The classical method has certain emphases that agree and fit well with our Reformed, covenantal view of education. For example: First, the classical method places a high premium on the cultivation and development of reading and critical thinking skills. This emphasis fits very well with Reformed education which holds as one of its fundamental principles sola scriptura, the sole authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Covenant children and young people need to be skilled readers of the Bible. Sharp critical thinking skills will aid them in interpreting Scripture, discerning error, and applying the Word of God to all of life. A classical accent will help train students to be just that. Second, the classical method endeavors to help students develop their written and oral communication skills. This, too, harmonizes with our Reformed faith, because we believe that an essential part of our calling as believers is to bear witness concerning our faith by our words and deeds.