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The Trivium

LPA strives to educate students based on the Trivium by thoughtfully following the model presented in The Well-Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer. We continually address the developing mind of each child throughout their education.  LPA curriculum materials and instruction cater to the strengths of students as their knowledge progresses through the three stages of the Trivium: Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric.

The Latin translation of Trivium is “the place where three roads meet,” and serves as a material mapping for how children learn, understand, adapt, and meaningfully engage and contribute to the world around them. For Classical Civilizations such as Greece and Rome, the Trivium was embraced as the foundation for all learning and applied knowledge, regardless of age or time. LPA accepts and promotes the Trivium and its premise as being as valid for today’s children as it was for the ancients.
The Grammar Stage   
During the grammar stage (grades 1-4), the mind is ready to absorb information. Embedding information through memorization and other methods are tools by which the mind learns. The grammar stage brings students to a mastery of basic skills in the disciplines of reading, writing, arithmetic, history, science, and foreign language. As a building block stage, it teaches students what to know and how to learn, laying the foundation for advanced study.

The Logic Stage
During the logic stage (grades 5-8), the students begin to think more analytically.  They are taught higher-order thinking, problem solving and metacognitive strategies.  They start to ask “Why?” They pay attention to cause and effect.  They can evaluate, trace connections, and identify relationships among differing fields of knowledge. They begin to organize information and understand the way facts fit together into a logical framework.

The Rhetoric Stage
During the rhetoric stage, the student applies all previous learning, knowledge and skills to think through arguments and to write and speak with clear, original, and forceful language. Our LPA 9th graders utilize this stage as a final preparation for high school, college, and adulthood. Rhetoric utilizes a synthesis of previous learning to express personal beliefs and understanding regarding the world and to support those beliefs with facts and persuasive language.