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Trivium Mastery | Classical Education Handbook (k-8)

5 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)

$ 21.95 $ 19.99

Trivium Mastery will surprise you with how simple a real classical education can be!  Teach your child how to read, think, speak, and write…then watch him grow into a persuasive, confident adult who has the essential skills to learn anything.  If your end goal is a decisive thinker and engaging writer, then Trivium Mastery is just for you.

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  • Format:  Paperback (300 pp.)
  • Publisher:  Outskirts Press –  (c) 2009 Diane B. Lockman
  • Shipping:  USPS (5-7 business days) – Contiguous USA only


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Product Description

73 Skills Checklists

Plan your child’s classical curriculum using three skills checklists (Road Maps to Mastery) which outline 18 essential abilities in reading, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.

612 Case Studies

Discover how twelve real kids (ages 5-13) from five homeschooling families gotclassical makeovers, and model your own semester strategy using their action plans.

840 + Teaching Tools

Use more than 40 assessment tools (appendix) to pinpoint your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Incorporate what you learn in your next teaching plan.

Additional Information

Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x .75 in

10 reviews for Trivium Mastery | Classical Education Handbook (k-8)

  1. 5 out of 5


    Diane Lockman is brilliant. Just brilliant. Trivium Mastery is amazing and will change your views on what authentic classical homeschooling truly is. In part one, Diane doesn’t just tell you WHAT you should be doing, she tells you HOW to do it and do it well. She begins with an overview of not only the history of classical education, but also an overview of the history of the public school system in general. Diane’s historical accounts are very well researched. This book gives you road maps and detailed assessment tools to help you makeover your entire homeschool plan.

    Part two of Trivium Mastery details 12 real-life student makeovers preformed by Diane herself. After interviewing each family, getting to know both parents and children, she personally evaluated the effectiveness of the original education plan in terms of the child’s personality, interests, strengths, and weaknesses. With so many examples to choose from, you will no doubt see parts of your child in many of these stories.

    What a relief it was to be told by someone as esteemed as Diane that my son’s rapid progression through the stages of the trivium is quite normal – an elementary school student CAN have the capability for cognitive thinking skills. We did not have to adhere to the typical “grammar stage” schedule to be considered true classical educators.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Since the entire book consists of 2-4 page chapters, Trivium Mastery is surprisingly easy to read in bits and pieces. Diane Lockman will help many of us think about classical education in a whole new way – and should bring many new families into the classical education fold. Perfect for the busy parent!

  3. 5 out of 5


    The most interesting and unique feature of Trivium Mastery is a series of case studies highlighting real families Lockman has worked with to streamline and refocus their homeschooling efforts towards developing the skills of the Trivium. She evaluates each child’s standing with regards to mastery of the three skills, then proposes a trivium roadmap to help them improve over the next year. She shows us a way to evaluate our own children and their progress, and to personalize a program of study for each child according to their needs. I appreciated the reminder that primary education really can be reduced to helping a child develop their basic skills and abilities, without a lot of bells and whistles.

  4. 5 out of 5


    After 12 years of homeschooling with a traditionally classical approach, Trivium Mastery has inspired me to take a second look at how my children have been learning, and to incorporate some ideas into their home education (do more memory work and more dictation; resume family read aloud times; more discussions; pose more questions; get the thinking wheels turning!). All the chapters are served up in a very easy to read format; my favorite chapter is “Top Ten Traits of a Critical Thinker.” This is what we all want, and Trivium Mastery helps us to get there.

  5. 5 out of 5


    One thing that I was so delighted to read about in Trivium Mastery was your chapter challenging the “neo” classical education method that’s out there.  I am so thoroughly loving your book!!! Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful read. I am recommending it to all the families in our program, and to many friends interested in homeschooling.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I’ve just finished Trivium Mastery, and I had to write how much I loved it. I have been struggling with trying to implement classical education into our homeschool for the past 4 years.  Thankfully, I found your book. When it arrived in the mail, before I had even opened it, my husband read the back. He says, “this is definitely what you need to read!” And he was right!

  7. 5 out of 5


    I absolutely love your book on classical education! I find it the most exciting, refreshing, helpful, practical, logical and truthful book I’ve read yet on homeschooling!  It is nothing short of a revelation.  It seems as though it is targeted exactly to my needs and desires, and I shouldn’t be surprised at that, seeing that it was the Holy Spirit (“knowledge and wisdom personified”) who wrote it (through your hand) and who lead me to it!

  8. 5 out of 5


    If you’ve found the classical education approach appealing but were overwhelmed with implementation, maybe it’s because there’s a better way to accomplish the goal than is commonly thought.

    Using a road analogy, author of Trivium Mastery, Diane Lockman, shows how pursuing mastery of language (first road), thought (second road), and speech (third road) intersects to provide the sort of classical education that was the heritage of the Christian world for centuries – the education of ancient, medieval, and colonial thinkers.

    The first part of the book describes the sequential path toward trivium mastery within each discipline. Makeover case studies comprise the second part. Don’t you want to know how homeschool families have “done it? Large, small, and middling families – real families…delightful descriptions of each family member culminates in both a weekly plan for each student plus a series of action steps – what needs to be done and in what order – for the family as well as suggested progress reports.

    The teaching tools appendix provides an amazing collection of  trivium mastery skill sets (e.g. consonant blends, grammar properties, number sequences, analogies, etc.) cleverly disguised as assessment tools.

    If your hopes of giving your child a classical education need a breath of fresh air, start reading!

  9. 5 out of 5


    Trivium Mastery is a revolutionary look at the classical education model.  Diane Lockman has some excellent ideas for teaching reading, teaching thinking, and teaching speaking, many of which can be implemented without spending a cent. Homeschool education makeovers include tailored assignments to the individual child, capitalizing on his interests and gifts.

    I believe Trivium Mastery has the potential to attract a dedicated following similar to that of other classical education homeschool manuals. I would encourage all homeschoolers to take a good look at this book, especially those who have discarded the classical trivium paradigm because they thought it was too difficult to attain.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Casting classical education as a God-given inheritance you can lay claim to for your homeschool children, Diane Lockman detours from the standard Christian Classical Education approach. Rejecting Dorothy Sayers’ trivium essay and resulting division of children’s development into the grammar/rhetoric/logic stages, she advocates doing away with the 12-year model.

    Instead, she recommends teaching the three simple classical skills: language, thought, and speech. With detailed ideas and instructions on how to teach these three trivium skills, you’ll see how 12 real-life studies worked with K-8 homeschool children 5-13 years old. Strategic semester plan, to-do lists for parents and children, lists of concepts to learn, and other practical advice is included.

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