Traditional Logic I Complete Set is an in depth introduction to formal logic by Memoria Press. It includes a DVD with lesson lectures, a teacher's guide, test booklet and a student book. I have wanted to try this for a long time and was excited about the chance to review it. The program is very, very thorough. The terms and vocabulary used are very concise. We definitely exercised some brain muscles with this program. I do have to say the content is very dry. There are few diagrams and visuals that really capture the attention of our family. The examples were simple though using dogs, cars, & manners that we could all relate to.
The daily exercises include:
- Fill in
- LOTS of True & False
There is a LOT of emphasis on terms. The vocabulary isn't simple, typical, every-day speech. The children felt like they were studying something from Data on Star Trek Next Generation or Eugene in Adventures in Odyssey. It seems quite technical. I couldn't just ask the daily questions with the Teacher Key. I needed the book too. It would probably be better for our family if I went through this course by myself first and taught the children my own way with examples and extra history. I'd like them to learn more where some of this has come from and more about the people who have developed this type of reasoning. I'd also like to have more historical examples of it's use. That would make more sense to me than concentrating on words like "quantifier" and "syllogism".
The quizzes in Traditional Logic I Complete Set are each one perforated page (front & sometimes part of the back) and could easily be pulled out of the booklet to give individually. The final exam is 3 pages (front, back, front of 2 papers).
I'm sure if you started your children's education with a very strict Classical approach, this logic would be easier. I also think it is an awesome program for anyone wanting to go into Law, Politics, or Debate. As a matter of a fact, any adult considering running for office locally or otherwise would find a real benefit in reading this program. I know once our boys have finished it, they will be better prepared for that possibility in the future.
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