Memoria Press Review by Apryl: Traditional Logic I


We were recently given the opportunity to review the Traditional Logic I set from Memoria Press.  This set sells for $75.00 and includes a student book, an instructional DVD, a Quiz and Test book, and an answer key.

Traditional Logic I is an introduction to formal logic for grades 7 and up.  We used it with my 17-year-old Junior, and it seemed to be at a good level for her.  The text was clear, and the DVD gave an alternative method for lesson instruction.  We thought the set could stand easily on its own without the DVD, but our family doesn’t care for DVD instruction in general.  It can be used as a semester-long course if stretched out a bit, or it can be combined with Book II in the same semester.

This curriculum covers traditional, or formal, logic as laid out by Aristotle.  It does not delve into informal logic or modern logic.  From what we have seen, it seems to be a good foundation for delving deeper into the studies of the other branches of logic.

Traditional Logic is written with a Christian worldview.  While we did not find it overly preachy, a non-Christian may take issue with some of the exercises that include views on the Bible as truth.

Overall we thought Traditional Logic covers the topic very thoroughly in an easy-to-follow format.  My daughter thought it a little dry for her taste but did not find it difficult to complete.  We would recommend it to anyone looking for a logic program for a high school student or even an adult.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Apryl–Born and raised in Tennessee, Apryl is a southern girl at heart.  She lives out in the country with her husband and her three daughters. After having an unfulfilling public school education herself, and struggling to find peace with the education her girls were receiving in the public school system, she made the choice to homeschool.  When they began their homeschool journey, the girls were in the third and sixth grades.  Now she is happily coaching three teenaged daughters through their high school years.

Memoria Press Review by Amy Rose: Traditional Logic I

My ninth grader and I reviewed Traditional Logic I which was written by Martin Cothran and published by Memoria Press. We received the textbook, answer key, quizzes and exams book, and DVD. These can all be purchased as a packaged set for $75, or without the DVD for $38. Some families do not require the DVD lessons, but my child found them to be very helpful so I do recommend them for audio learners and kinesthetic learners like him.

This course can easily be completed in a semester. My son studied one lesson per week. He chose to repeat three or four lessons when, upon beginning the next lesson, he realized  he hadn’t grasped the concepts perfectly enough to go on. As a parent and educator I was really impressed that he was able to self-assess his readiness for the next lesson correctly due to the clear presentation of concepts. He knew whether he’d “got it” or not!

The Quizzes and Exams were not as helpful to me as they might be to some because my son prefers to explain his lessons to me at the white board as a way to solidify his learning. If we were short on time I skipped the tests because I already knew that he had learned the material. For a less communicative student, or for a family who needs to utilize exams as a means of determining a letter grade for the course, the Quizzes and Exams would be invaluable. I recommend purchasing them as part of the program.

I asked my son what he would say about these materials and whether he would recommend them for other classical students. He and I agree that we would both recommend this course. Here are his comments:

“Traditional Logic I does a good job explaining the mental processes associated with a logical argument. The lessons progress rationally through the parts of an argument and explain the relationships of those parts to each other. The complex and challenging ideas are presented precisely and thoroughly in the text, and the DVD lessons help to clarify even further. As I believe the author intended, the student’s difficulty with this course comes not from comprehending the material but from wrestling with the challenge to think in new and different ways. Graphics and charts helpfully explain concepts. Drill and repetition are utilized, not to promote memorization, but rather to encourage realignment to more logical thought processes. Logic becomes a normal part of everyday thought even if the student sometimes forgets the specific names for the parts of the argument.”

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
12211601494_8a0a5dcb15Amy Rose–Amy Rose was a middle child growing up in a trailer park in the Midwest with talented parents who struggled financially. Her future life was easy to imagine until one magical day when she was thirteen her fairy godmother gave her a box of oil pastels and a vintage textbook titled, “England in Literature.” Suddenly the entire wealth of riches found in the history of the West became to her a Holy Grail.  So she grew up and learned how to classically educate her own children who all turned out to be geniuses or at least mostly teachable.

Classical Education and the Dyslexic Child

by Sheryl

Classical Education has a reputation for being a teaching method for the gifted. It focuses on the rigorous study of things that we don’t think of as part of our everyday lives, unfamiliar things like Latin, Rhetoric, and Logic. It seems intimidating. Unfortunately, this misconception has led many parents of dyslexic children away from the method, which is truly tragic. I have found that Classical Education is, in fact, a very important part of helping my dyslexic child to overcome her learning disabilities.



Latin is key to about 50% of our English vocabulary (Classical Education and the Homeschool by Callihan, Jones & Wilson). It is the root of understanding.

Orton-Gillingham, the premiere method of teaching reading and spelling to dyslexics, includes Latin in their materials, and their reasoning is simple: Dyslexics often struggle with dividing words into phonetic bits and then re-assembling those bits into a logical whole. Learning Latin allows students to understand the meaning of those pieces and gives them a more in-depth comprehension of words. Dyslexics, even more than the general population need to have this resource in their tool-kit.

Classical Literature

Language is a large focus of Classical Education, which may make it seem inappropriate for the dyslexic student. Children who struggle with reading are often thought of as incapable of studying great literature with all of its multi-syllable words, complicated language and levels of meaning, but we need to be careful not to confuse isolation from challenging sources with helping our students to overcome their reading struggles.

Great literature increases vocabulary, expands understanding of figurative speech, and exposes us to worlds outside of our own. It is an important window in to the world, and one from which we must not deprive our children.

Reading is necessary to any well rounded education, but this does not mean that students are restricted to only books within their reading level. Technology is a huge asset to the dyslexic student. Audiobooks, text-to-speech programs, and shared reading are all ways to experience the depth of literature outside of independent study.

One of the greatest things I have learned from Classical Education is that exceptional learning comes from exceptional sources. Of course there are a few children that will become an Autodidact, but the dyslexic child (along with most other children) will need to be guided and helped along the way. Experiencing quality literature is far more important than the method of reading. They must focus not just on their weakness, but on ways to work around that that weakness to gain great strength.

A Place to Excel

Children with learning disabilities need to be given the opportunity to find a place in which they can succeed. Many dyslexic students find this in the fine arts. Architecture, movement, and sculpture have all been found to take advantage of the spatial abilities inherent in the dyslexic’s brain. Offering our students time to study the masters and discover their own talent gives them an amazing opportunity to experience success.

The Trivium (stages of learning)

The greatest benefit of Classical Education is that it intentionally and incrementally trains students to learn for themselves. This pattern of moving through the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages is truly beneficial for dyslexic children.

Education is all about challenging children in the subjects in which they excel, and encouraging them where they struggle. Classical Education offers a great balance in this respect. It intentionally divides learning into stages of acquiring facts, connecting those facts, and then questioning and expressing what you believe. It gives our students an excellent foundation.

Parents of dyslexic students must be dedicated to diligently helping their students as they approach more difficult literature, but the benefits are exponentially greater than the sacrifice. In some ways, teachers of dyslexic students are at an advantage. When reading aloud together, deep conversations come naturally and wonderful discussions result. These discussions are the heart of the classical method.

My Reality

Dyslexia isn’t an easy learning disability to deal with. It requires diligent instruction, repetition, and effort. The rigor of Classical Education has offered my daughter not only a thorough quality education, but access to the essential tools that she needs to overcome her disability. We are still walking this path, but our goal is that she will become an adult who is not only capable of learning, but one who can actively and intentionally analyze the world around her regardless of her struggles.

Giftedness is not essential to Classical Education. What is holding you back?

Sheryl G.

Sheryl is living her dream in the house on Liberty Hill where she is a full time wife, mother, and teacher. She is passionate about turning children’s natural curiosity into activities that will inspire, enlighten, and entertain. Learn more about her adventures at