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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TOS Review - Memoria Press Traditional Logic I Complete Set

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A few years ago, when I was at my wit's end as to how to teach my son, I discovered the Classical Education approach, so when I had the chance to review the Traditional Logic I Complete Set from Memoria Press, I was excited.

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What is Traditional Logic I Complete Set from Memoria Press?

To answer what the Traditional Logic I Complete Set is all about, you first need at least a basic understanding of how Classical Education is set up. This program is language arts and fits into the part of the second stage of the trivium -

Grammar - Logic - Rhetoric.

The Traditional Logic I Complete Set I received was put together, developed in a cottage school, with homeschoolers in mind, but could also be used in a private school. It is intended for students in Grade 7+ and includes:


  • Student Book
  • Teacher Key
  • 2 DVDs
  • Quizzes and Tests booklet

The Books are written by Martin Cothran, who is also the instructor on the DVDs.

The Student Book is 146 pages with a glossy paperback cover and presents 13 chapters that are divided up into categories of Simple Apprehension (Term), Judgment (Proposition), and Deductive Inference (Syllogism), a chapter review and Glossary of Terms.

The Teacher Key is 56 pages with a glossy paperback cover and provides answers to the Workbook, Quizzes, and Tests. Since all of the instruction takes place on the DVD and through the Student Workbook, there is no lengthy explanations in the Teacher Key for lesson presentation. It is truly as the title implies, an answer key.

The Quizzes & Tests booklet is 33 pages of ready-to-be-filled-in tests and quizzes pages. The pages are perforated near the binding, so you can tear out each quiz before use. There is an introductory quiz, 12 chapter quizzes (Chapters 6 and 7 are combined) and a final exam.

The course can be used as a semester credit or a full-year course

The course is focused on Formal Logic, which concentrates on the form or structure of arguments rather than material logic/informal logic which concentrates on the content of argumentation. This is also focused on Traditional Logic, not modern logic which is more mathematical.

Traditional logic trains the mind to respect truth, or how it corresponds with reality. This Logic Book 1 covers, according to the instructor, "the basic, simple structure of categorical reasoning" - Though, when you hear all of the terms involved, "Simple" and "Basic" may not be how you would describe them at first. When you dig in and learn, however, everything begins to make sense.

In the DVD, the instructor goes over the lesson and then explains the exercises.

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The first book discusses categorical reasoning, he gets into hypothetical reasoning in the second book which isn't part of this review. He discusses the two branches of logic, formal and material, and then talks about 3 important terms:

  1. Truth
  2. Validity 7 Rules
  3. Soundness

He discusses the components of an argument, and the three acts of the mind that include mental acts of simple apprehension, judgement, and deductive inference as well as verbal expressions of term, proposition and syllogism.

CONFUSED? Then, this course is perfect for you. As you walk through each lesson, these terms will become well-understood.

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How Did We Use It?



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The course is set up ready to use out of the box. It has two DVDs - The first DVD covers everything from the beginning through Chapter 7, and the second DVD picks up starting with Chapter 8 to the end. All you need to do is pop in the DVD and grab the student book. As would be expected with a logic course, the lessons progress logically followed with quizzes and tests. There is even a final exam. I was asked to use this at least three days per week with a child in 7th grade or above. I chose to use it with my 8th grade daughter. I chose to begin at the beginning, but you can use it by starting in Chapter 4 because all of the chapters starting with Chapter 4 build upon each other. I put in the DVD which has a male instructor who walks you through each lesson using slide presentations alongside video instruction of the teacher filmed as if he is in front of a classroom, but you don't hear or see a classroom full of students.

What Did We Think?

I should probably explain that I'm a bit biased when it comes to Memoria Press, because a few years ago in my time of distress about how to educate my son, I learned about Classical Education and Memoria Press. Even though, we have since added our own style to the educational approach for my son, I will forever feel as if Memoria Press was part of an answer to my ready-to-give-up-on-homeschooling prayers. Memoria Press will always have a happy place in my heart.

When it comes to this specific course - I have always wanted to learn about logic, so to me this was a very exciting opportunity. I have to admit that I was probably more excited about the program than my student, but I'm so happy that I had the chance to learn this as well. I really like that it requires very little teacher preparation time or teaching time. The instructor on the DVD covers everything needed to learn in the lessons, and the books, quizzes and tests follow up with questions to make it stick and to test to see what the student has retained.

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