Great Books

What makes these classes great?

Socratic Discussion

Round-table discussion teaches students to think clearly, speak forcefully, and relish the search for truth.

Literature

No textbooks here!  The reading each week is from a real book by a truly great author of the West.

Our Tradition

A three-year historical cycle immerses the students in the deep and compelling ideas, culture, and story of the West.


Great Books

Our "Traditio Nostra" great books courses are 3-in-1 classes that integrate Literature, Philosophy, and Theology into a single reading sequence.  Students read primary works from the great authors of Catholic & Western Civilization and discuss them in a round-table format.   Courses are organized by historical period with purposeful repetition: 1) Intro to Western Civilization, 2) Ancient & Classical Times, 3) The Christian Age, 4) Modern Times, 5) The American Idea, and 6) Antiquity to the Christian Age.  The students learn to read, listen, speak, relish, and dispute the true, good, and beautiful things that "our tradition" has to offer.  Home Study is available for Primer, 1, 2, and 3.

Primer? Our Primer courses are intended to help 7th grade (or advanced 6th grade) students transition from family schooling into the online, formal, and independent learning paradigm of the school. In addition to the subject content, these classes teach purposefully teach the habits of study and introduce strategies to develop memory. Class time is more highly structured than in later years and various helps are integrated into the curriculum to improve success.


Why Study
The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation may be seen as a laboratory of integrated reflection involving all of the arts and sciences.  Students encounter the great authors of our tradition in the dialectical mode of consideration that Plato describes as the best means for studying the highest things.  In dialectic we compose and divide, seeking to find what things are and are not as we contemplate the ultimate good.  The historical sequence provides the structure to the choices of topic and the process reflects a further unity. The Incarnation is the very center of history, and "The history of the human race hinges on this unique divine event which gives spiritual unity to the whole historic process"  (The Christian View of History, Christopher Dawson).  To grasp the spiritual unity of the whole and the exigencies of the moment, we read in sequence and supplement our study with good narrative history and the language of our tradition, Latin.

The Benefits of Great Books
  • Integrated Liberal Arts Curriculum: Students see the connection between the various academic disciplines such as philosophy, theology, history, science, mathematics, and many more.

  • Learning from the Masters: Students read and learn from the most influential works of Western Civilization.

  • Seeking the Ultimate Good:  Students explore the good, the true, and the beautiful.

  • Unified Historical Sequence: The historical sequence provides a context for students, and it shows them how ideas develop.


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Rolling Acres Curriculum, Part III: Why Traditio Nostra, Our Tradition?


Helpful Resources

ARTICLE ~ "The Great Conversation" by Robert Hutchins - on the value of the approach and the meaning of liberal education
ARTICLES ~ Classical Homeschooling Magazine - A slew of articles on the Classical education, homeschooling, and the Great Books, housed at one of our competitors, The Angelicum, which has ties to Mortimer Adler and the Great Books movement he helped introduce.