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I was intrigued, so I did a little poking around on the old site. This post seems like it fit your description:



Tina in Ouray:

I have a fourth grader, too! My approach to the next couple of years with him will be to work hard in grammar, Latin, and mathematics and to begin teaching formal logic as a subject of its own in 7th or 8th grade. Though I've used some of the logic workbooks in the past, I don't think any of them are necessary or even advisable. Grammar and mathematics themselves are a far better use of our time.


But that's not to say that I don't slip in a fair amount of preparatory work on the sly. I'm working hard at exposing him to a lot of the lingo that he will encounter later in a logic textbook. For example, he's already becoming familiar with univocal, equivocal, and analagous terms; we discuss how we use words differently (signification); categories of things and Euler's circles are finding their way into our studies and onto our whiteboard; he's learning that certain kinds of statements have a truth value (are true or false) but that arguments are not true or false but valid or invalid ; etc. None of this is in the context of an organized class, study, or subject. It happens: a little here, a little there. Some of it is in conversation over meals; some of it is in the course of work in grammar or mathematics; some of it is a result of what we happen to be reading for (history of) science or history or literature; some of it is in answer to questions he raises; some of it even comes out in the heat of debate.


If your student really thrives on logic workbooks, go for it. Just don't feel like a logic program is necessary for students at this age. What they really need is to grow up a little bit. If they grow up with good stories, stimulating conversations, and lots of fresh air, they'll do fine later on when it's time to tackle the form of arguments.



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