Frequently Asked Questions...
We recognize that there are many wonderful unit-study and classical approach curriculums available today. We do not know all of them intimately, but here are a few of the unique features of the TRISMS curriculum:
Literature We include all of the literature pieces necessary to complete the TRISMS curriculum. This relieves the parent or school's pocketbook as well as the frustration of trying to locate a piece that is not available or out of print.
Research based Because the curriculum is research-based, the student is not required to own specific books to find answers, but learns to research many types of resources to find answers to questionnaires culminating in an organized Coursebook.
Student driven By the time students reach middle school, and certainly in high school, they are ready to learn good study skills on their own. TRISMS provides unit plans FOR THE STUDENT to reduce the role of the parent and develop independent learning by the student - a necessary skill for college.
Christian or not?TRISMS believes that teaching faith to your children is the responsibility of the parent/teacher, rather than the TRISMS curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help students, through their research, understand how religion plays a role in the development and life of every civilization and asks questions that lead the student in understanding their own worldview. Parents are then free to discuss these ideas with their students during these important years when students are developing the worldview and belief system that they will carry throughout their entire life.
How does TRISMS fit into Classical Education?Briefly, the Classical Education involves three things: quality of content, the three stages of the Trivium, and study of history at every stage.
Quality of content: passing to the next generation those things through history that are excellent in all areas, literature, sciences, and the arts.
The Trivium is divided into three stages based on the learning abilities of the student.
Grammar stage: K4-5th grade emphasizes gaining factual information - repetition; reading, writing, arithmetic and language. The Trivium recommends Latin and Greek, in order to read literature in its original language.
Logic or Dialectic stage: 6th - 8th learning clear thinking and asking questions (researching beyond a textbook for answers)
Rhetoric stage: high school - learning to communicate effectively using evidence and logic to support their ideas.
TRISMS doesn't address the Grammar stage but follows the Dialectic and Rhetoric stages of study.
How does TRISMS compare with...?Because many parents have used different curriculums, the best way to get a comparison is to join our e-mail loop and ask. It is amazing the wealth of information available just by asking the questions.
CreditsTRISMS offers more credits for high school than any curriculum we have thus encountered. With the emphasis on humanities and literature these credits are not "useless" but will be invaluable for general education credits required in all colleges regardless of the field of study pursued. TRISMS is NARS approved.
TRISMS with younger studentsYes, TRISMS can be incorporated into studies with younger children. Adjusting for grade level is included in the orientation section of each volume. However, we realize that different children function at different levels, so there is a tremendous amount of leeway left up to the parent.
What about early American History?TRISMS did not include early American History as a volume for high school. We believe that there are myriads of great studies out there for this time period, and, in order to cover other time periods in four years, chose to leave this vital time to other experts who have prepared excellent curriculums.
The TRISMS SeriesHistory's Masterminds
3500 B.C. - Present
5th-8th grade, Middle School
History's Masterminds was designed with the 6th-8th grader in mind. Nevertheless, it is easily adaptable to upper elementary, making an ideal choice in a multilevel setting.
Discovering the Ancient World
3500 B.C. - 500 B.C
8th - High School
Discovering the Ancient World begins with Creation (the beginning of recorded history) and covers the earliest civilizations known up to 500 B.C., both Eastern and Western.
Expansion of Civilization
500 B.C. through the Middle Ages
Expansion of Civilization gives the student a close look at the civilization as a society noting human rights, religion, philosophy, government and laws, economics, and scientific advancements. Eastern and Western civilizations are studied chronologically and geographically.
Rise of Nations
Renaissance - 1860
Rise of Nations focuses on the study of the Renaissance to 1860. As civilizations give way to nations, students begin to see the formation of the nations and people groups we know today. Rather than studying the humanities as a whole, specific artist, musicians, and pieces of architecture are studied in the context of the nation from which the greatest artists and musicians of all time originated.
Age of Revolution
1850 A.D. 2005
Age of Revolution emphasizes U.S. and World History concurrently and includes the study of American, British, Asian, European, and African literature. All music, art, architecture and literature come from the decade being studied. This integration and immersion work together to help the student understand the people studied as well as making the information being learned more meaningful.