Classical Resources

Classical Resources

These are a few of our favorite books and articles on the subject of classical education. While we want you to come experience Westminster in person, these might give you an overall understanding of our philosophy.

Classical Education

  • Deuteronomy 6:4-11
  • Wisdom & Eloquence……….Robert Littlejohn & Charles Evans
  • The Lost Tools of Learning……….Dorothy Sayers
  • The Seven Laws of Teaching……….John Milton Gregory
  • Idea of a Christian College……….Arthur F. Holmes*
  • Building the Christian Academy……….Arthur F. Holmes
  • Teaching Redemptively……….Donovan L. Graham
  • The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had….Susan Wise Bauer
  • Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education……….James S. Taylor

*This book is highly recommended and is considered one of the most concise and precise explanations for our aspirations for your children. Though written in the context of a college education, all the principles are true for a K-12 education.

Current Westminster Book List

First Grade

  1. The 100th Day of School
  2. Little Bear
  3. Frog and Toad
  4. Amelia Bedelia
  5. Blueberries for Sal
  6. Sam the Minute Man
  7. The Biggest Bear
  8. Lentil
  9. Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
  10. Little Bear’s Friend
  11. Frog and Toad Together

Second Grade

  1. Slide Down the Sky, Open Court Reader
  2. From Sea to Shining Sea, Open Court Reader
  3. Bears on Hemlock Mountain, Dalgliesh
  4. Three Dollar Mule, Bulla
  5. The Little House in the Big Woods, Wilder
  6. Tut’s Mummy Lost and Found, Donnelly
  7. The Courage of Sarah Noble, Dalgliesh
  8. Nate the Great and the Lost List, Sharmat

Third Grade

  1. Little House on the Prairie
  2. Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  4. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  5. Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
  6. Fables by Arnold Lobel
  7. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fourth Grade

  1. Half Magic, Eager
  2. Tale of Despereaux, DiCamillo
  3. Black Beauty, Sewell
  4. Adam of the Road, Gray (Puffin, 887)
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl
  6. Knight’s Castle, Eager
  7. The Magician’s Nephew, Lewis (Harper 83)
  8. The Story of Rolf, French
  9. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Roger Lancelyn Green
  10. Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, adapted by Marianna Mayer

Fifth Grade

  1. Sign of the Beaver, Speare
  2. Frindle, Clements
  3. Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
  4. Sir Gibbie, MacDonald
  5. Witch of Blackbird Pond , Speare
  6. Call It Courage, Sperry
  7. Johnny Tremain, Forbes
  8. The Hobbit, Tolkein
  9. Punished
  10. Pilgrim’s Progress
  11. Favorite Poems Old and New, Ferris
  12. A Child’s Anthology of Poetry, Sword

Sixth Grade

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster
  2. Call of the Wild, London
  3. A Christmas Carol, Dickens
  4. The Jungle Book, Kipling
  5. Hiding Place, Ten Boom
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain
  7. Tales from Shakespeare, Lamb
  8. Various American Short Stories

Seventh Grade

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia (entire set) by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
  3. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Declaration of Independence & The Constitution of the United States
  6. Shorter Catechism in Modern English
  7. God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts

Eighth Grade

  1. Writing Research Papers by L Myers (IEW)
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  6. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  7. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  9. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  10. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
  11. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
  12. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  13. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  14. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  15. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

Ninth Grade

  1. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  2. The Odyssey by Homer, trans Fagles
  3. The Iliad by Homer, trans Fagles
  4. The Aeneid by Virgil, trans Fagles
  5. Inferno by Dante, trans Hollander
  6. Historical Atlas of Medieval World
  7. Writing Research Papers by L Myers (IEW)
  8. The Discovery of Deduction by S. Johnson, A. Larsen, J. Hodges
  9. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Tenth Grade

  1. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  2. The Odyssey by Homer, trans Fagles
  3. The Iliad by Homer, trans Fagles
  4. The Aeneid by Virgil, trans Fagles
  5. Inferno by Dante, trans Hollander
  6. Beowulf trans by Seamus Heaney
  7. Confessions of St. Augustine
  8. Gorgias
  9. Plato’s Five Dialogues

Eleventh Grade

  1. Iliad of Homer
  2. The Aeneid, Virgil
  3. The Oresteia, Aeschylus
  4. Inferno by Dante, trans Anthony Esolen
  5. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  6. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  7. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  8. Every Square Inch by Bruce Ashford
  9. Far As the Curse Is Found by Michael Williams
  10. The Republic by Plato trans Allan Bloom
  11. Phaedrus (from Selected Dialogues of Plato) trans Jowett

Twelfth Grade

  1. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  2. Sir Gawain and The Green Knight by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. Beowulf trans by Seamus Heaney
  5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  6. Candide by Voltaire
  7. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  8. The Office of Assertion by Scott Crider
  9. Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver
  10. Six Great Ideas by Mortimer Adler
  11. The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

Reformed Theology

These books will give extensive insight into the nature of our worldview in light of our commitment to historic Reformed Theology.

  • Born Free……… Steve Brown
  • Grace Unknown……… R.C. Sproul
  • The Doctrines of Grace ……… J.M. Boice
  • The Invisible Hand……… R.C. Sproul
  • Transforming Grace……… Jerry Bridges

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