The lost tools of learning

From its inception, Veritas Academy advocates as its definition of "classical" the form of education that Miss Sayers described in her 1947 essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, and subsequently popularized in Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson. Both of these authors advance the pedagogical methodology of the Trivium, which includes three aspects: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These form the basis of Veritas' academic structure.

Grammar consists of language skills such as reading and the mechanics of writing. An important goal of grammar is to acquire as many words and manage as many concepts as possible so as to be able to express and understand clearly concepts of varying degrees of complexity. We utilize this very short window of time where children's natural lean is to hear things over and over again with JOY. God created their brains like sponges, and they can learn an abundance of information they will retain throughout their lives when set to fun songs and chants.
Logic (dialectic) is the science of correct reasoning. The traditional text for teaching logic was Aristotle’s Logic. You know your child has entered this stage when they want to dig deeper. Here, the “what” and the “why” come together. This is the shortest stage, but a very important step into adolescence. We support them and allow them the space to become who God is shaping them to be, in a loving environment where the quest for truth and knowledge is applauded. 

Training in logic (both formal and informal) enables students to critically examine arguments and to analyze their own. The whole goal is to train the student’s mind not only to grasp information, but also to find the analytical connections between seemingly different facts/ideas, to find out why something is true, or why something else is false. In short, reasons for a fact.
Ah, when all your teen wants to do is argue! We teach them to argue well. God gives us the ability to enter into wisdom beginning in this stage, and it will carry us through our lives. Having practiced the art of public speaking since the grammar stage, they can debate well by getting their point across without tearing down their opponent. According to Aristotle "Rhetoric is the counterpart of dialectic." It is concerned with finding "all the available means of persuasion."

Introduction to Classical Education
The following link leads to a short (46 page) booklet that serves as a solid introduction to Classical education. An excellent starting point for parents: ICE