At Aristoi, we use the Trivium to organize the stages of learning based upon the child’s natural stages of intellectual development.
The Logic Stage (5-8th)
This stage focuses on building on the fundamentals by teaching children to think and analyze critically and to argue well by arranging facts into organized arguments. Students begin this process by following the argumentation and logic of the different subjects. For example, science uses this by developing and testing hypotheses, and math develops a student's ability to logically orient numbers through more abstract concepts.
The Rhetoric Stage (9-12th)
This stage focuses on combining all the obtained knowledge (grammar) and the skills to arrange those facts into arguments (logic) to effectively communicate those arguments to others. Thinking and articulating concepts to others becomes the key component of this stage and is cultivated in Aristoi's unique Humane Letters curriculum.
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