The Core

  • by Leigh A. Bortins
  • Narrated by Laura Bos
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study.
Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can't advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works.
In this book, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including:


Rote memorization to cement knowledge
Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines
Reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions
Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

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Customer Reviews

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Great, Practical Application

Would you listen to The Core again? Why?

Listening to this book once a year while my children are under 10 will be a must! The book is jam-packed with tools I can use in our homeschool over and over again. Even as a 5th year Foundations Tutor in Classical Conversations, I learn something new every time I hear/read The Core.


How could the performance have been better?

I personally wish the narrator would have been a little more mature. The sing-song tone she uses throughout the book can drive me batty - especially in the first few chapters. Once I get about mid-way through the audiobook, my ears sort of learn to deal with it and get past the distraction of her style in order to absorb the content.


What did you learn from The Core that you would use in your daily life?

The tips in the later chapters when she starts breaking things down subject by subject are invaluable. Reading, Geography, Spelling, Math, you name it - Leigh Bortins is simple, practical, and thorough.


Any additional comments?

Hoping they will soon have The Question and The Conversation available on Audio as well. Although I hope they choose a different narrator for those.

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- Bek612

Excellent Overview of the Classical Model

I have a teaching degree, am a mother of six, and homeschool.

I thought this was one of the best teaching resources that I have read.

Even if you choose not to use the classical model, this book offers an excellent history and discussion of education through history and gives many insights into approaching education with your child.

This book also is a good resource for the parent of a child who is enrolled in traditional school. They are plenty of ideas that can be done with your child on evenings and weekends.
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- Jeremiah C. Sandahl "S Family"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Classical Conversations MultiMedia