We received the Traditional Logic I Complete Set and Traditional Logic II Complete Set from Memoria Press for review. Julia, my soon to be sophomore, has been using it for the past few weeks, and man does she love it!
Julia has always had an analytical mind. Always dissecting, always questioning, always trying to make sense of things. So to request the Logic from Memoria when it came up for review was a no-brainer.
We recently reviewed their Latin program, which she totally loved, and we decided she’d probably enjoy this program, too. We were right.
Memoria Press Logic Sets I & II
Logic I Set
Logic I includes:
- Student Text
- Student Workbook
- Teacher Key (for Student Workbook and Quizzes & Final Exam)
- Quizzes & Final Exam
What is Logic I?
It’s an in-depth study of the syllogism, taught in the traditional three-part method. The program is designed for grades seven and up. Although, I would only recommend giving this to a seventh grader IF he/she was brought up in the classical education world.
Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, the text presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms.
Thankfully, as the teacher, I don’t have to know or understand any of that. The program is specifically designed for the teacher with no logic background in mind.
Each of the chapters is about five pages long and explains the challenging concepts in mostly clear language. I say mostly because sometimes, as you’ll hear from Julia, it seemed the text was talking in circles. The explanations of each lesson are followed by daily exercises.
How did we use it?
It’s designed to be used daily, however, she used it closer to three times a week. She’s already got a heavy workload, and adding this in five times a week just wasn’t going to work for her.
On Mondays, we watch her her instructional DVDs for Latin, Logic, and writing to make sure she’s clear on what she needs to be doing for the week in those subject. We also get together each weekday at 4:30 to see where she’s at and tackle anything she might need help with. The Logic was something that came up on a regular basis.
Julia is a very bright girl, so it’s not that it’s too hard for her, it just took her a little while to catch on to the classical lingo.
What did Julia think?
At first, I found the language a bit hard to understand. It’s like they assumed I have always used classical education material. However, after time, it was easier to understand. Also, for some of the questions, it was unclear what they were asking me. On some occassions I had to have mom look up the answer in her answer book because the question just didn’t make sense.
Overall, I really like the program. I appreciate the way the material is separated within the chapters. I like that it focuses on mastery of individual concepts of the lesson, and that it breaks down the different parts into manageable tidbits.
Logic II Set
Logic II includes:
- Student Text
- Student Workbook
- Teacher Key (for student book and quizzes and tests)
- Quizzes & Tests
Book II is recommended for grades eight and up. As in Book I, every chapter of Book II includes enough exercises to make sure the student masters the material before moving on. In addition to the case studies of famous arguments, Book II has added writing assignments in each chapter to help you integrate the study of logic with other subjects. It’s actually pretty neat.
The book also includes an amazing array of examples of arguments from the Bible, Lewis Carroll, Isaac Watts, St. Augustine, and Tertullian, as well as extended case studies of famous arguments throughout history, such as Rene Descartes’ famous enthymeme: “I think, therefore, I am”; C. S. Lewis’ disjunctive syllogism proving the deity of Christ; Plato’s hypothetical argument concerning the power of love; Christ’s conjunctive syllogism: “You cannot serve both God and mammon”; David Hume’s famous dilemma stating the problem of evil; the stoic Seneca’s justification of the virtuous life; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ cosmological argument for the existence of God.
Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Clearly, there is a significant difference between Logic I and Logic II. Book II takes the fantastic foundation laid in Book I to the next level.
It covers the four figures of the traditional syllogism, the three forms of rhetorical arguments (called enthymemes), the three kinds of hypothetical syllogisms, the four kinds of complex syllogisms, as well as relational arguments.
Each book can be completed in as little as one semester or strung out for an entire year. I might recommend the entire year for one book for younger students. Julia is doing them each in a semester.
Obviously, she has not completed Set I yet, but once she does she’ll definitely be moving onto Set II.