How to Study Logic

Intro Logic Books
My 7yo wrote the title on my notebook: Mama’s Logic Book. Simple, yet classy.

My Challenge B student will be studying Introductory Logic and Intermediate Logic next year.  This is always the subject that makes up-and-coming Challenge B moms tremble.  It seems so intimidating!  So, a group of us moms decided to get together weekly.  On our own, we each struggle to find time to work through 5 lessons.  Then, we get together and have discussions.  Oh, the discussions!  Deep, wonderful discussions in which we ponder simple statements, or analyze our children’s whining (gotta love practical application!).  If you are studying logic (or anything hard), I recommend finding a team of fellow moms to walk the journey with you.  It’s not a requirement; but it makes the learning more enjoyable and fun!

So, in the course of doing weekly lessons, I’ve hit upon a method that makes Logic easier – for me:

Enter – the Logic Notebook…
I keep one of those 17c spiral notebooks that I stock up on during the Start of School Sales every August.  I fill up that notebook with all of my notes and exercises.  In order to streamline my learning, and make it stick with ME, this is how I do my lessons –

      1. REVIEW:  I review previous content quickly by copying charts.  Anything that the Introductory Logic book puts into chart or picture form, I copy.  Next time, I’ll challenge myself to do some of it from memory. Eventually, I’ll know it all from memory, and that’s really exciting, because then I can make some good mental connections! (See my charts below)My Logic Notebook
      2. READ & NOTETAKE: I go to the end of the Unit in the Student Logic book, and I jot down the Review questions.  These questions relate to definitions, and comparing two different terms (how are they the same? how are they different?)  The answers come directly from the student material, so I jot down the answers as I read them. I find these questions zero in on what’s the most important from the book. It’s my way of simplifying all of that info. (See Review questions pictured below)…20160520_130359.jpg
      3. ANSWER THE EXERCISE QUESTIONS: The end of each Lesson has Exercise questions that relate to the text, and give you practice with what you learned.  If I get stuck at this point, I pull out the DVDs and watch those. Which reminds me of the BIG QUESTION:

DO YOU NEED THE VIDEOS?
I (trepidatiously) followed every Challenge B support group thread that asked this question. I found that a majority said YES! Get the videos!  Many said, skip the Introduction videos, but get the Intermediate videos.  And a rare few said, don’t get the videos – most of it’s self-explanatory, and the videos only cover what’s in the book.  A few also said that youtubing and googling troublesome topics is enough.

I have found that I have been able to do many lessons without the videos, BUT when I need the videos, boy do I need the videos!  It was expensive, but so far, I’ve been happy to have them.  The videos follow everything in the book; however, sometimes Mr. Nance explains the concept with extra examples, or I found hearing his emphasis made more sense of the black and white words on the page.  In some cases, I was a bit stumped by the exercise questions.  Mr. Nance spends time at the end of each lesson to also explain the exercise questions, and gives some example answers to help you understand what you are doing.  This explanation of the exercises is what has been invaluable.

So…you’ve decided you want the videos, but your on a tight budget.  $50-$75 for each video set isn’t quite in that budget.  What do you do?

  • Form a group of moms that chip in and buy the videos together as a group.  Organize Logic Day (or Night) and watch videos with fellow moms.
  • Buy the videos and resell them when you’re done.  Ebay, Amazon, Half, and some of the online homeschool used curriculum boards are good places to resell.  Or, sell locally.  Join local facebook groups for selling used curriculum.  Participate in a local curriculum sale.  If your state homeschool conference has a used curriculum sale as part of the conference, get in on that.
  • If you’re a CC family and your student is going in to Challenge B, you could ask the tutor to create Logic Days, where the parents sit and watch videos.  If this is the case, HELP YOUR TUTOR out!  Offer to host, schedule, and lead these viewings.  The tutors have so much to do to prepare for our students, so this is a great way that you can bless your tutor and your fellow parents.

Sarah

Sarah teaches three fish at home. She volunteers as Webmaster and Homeschool Parent Support to her area co-op, Seeds of Faith. She has three years experience tutoring Foundations at Classical Conversations, one year at Essentials tutor, and this year is tutoring Challenge 2. While Sarah is busy playing with Latin, Math, and other fun subjects with her offspring, the laundry is piling higher and higher...

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