In this seminar I will highlight eight important pedagogical principles that come down to us from the classical tradition, with a goal of showing how a deep understanding of principles will naturally lead to effective practices. The eight principles highlighted will be: festinal lente (make haste slowly), multum non multa (much not many), repetitio mater memoriae (repetition is the mother of memory), cultivation of wonder and affection, virtue education, songs, jingles and chants, embodied learning, contempation and socratic discussion.
Christopher A. Perrin is the publisher with Classical Academic Press, a consultant to classical, Christian schools and the Director of the Alcuin Fellowship with the Institute for Classical Schools. Chris has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary and served as headmaster of Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA from its founding in 1997 until 2007. He received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in California and his Ph.D. in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. Chris is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press. Chris and his wife Christine live in Camp Hill, PA with their three children.