Resources for Logic, Rhetoric & Critical Thinking

As classical homeschoolers, teaching Logic and Rhetoric to my boys is priority in our home.  I start teaching them Logic at an early age because it fosters critical thinking skills that will help them as they grow older. In the elementary years, we use learning games and worksheets then move into a formal Logic curriculum in middle grades and Rhetoric study in high school.

The important thing to know about studying Logic and Rhetoric is that it provides students with the ability to analyze, synthesize, and organize information. They learn how to be effective communicators by refining their communication skills: oral expression, written expression, listening skills, problem solving skills and more.
Today, more than ever, these skills are necessary for success in life, college and work.

Study of Logic

Critical thinking is a problem solving skill that increases the ability to make intelligent decisions. The study of Logic teaches and develops critical thinking skills. This can start in the elementary years by playing Logic games, solving puzzles, using workbooks. The classical trivium encourages formal Logic study around age 12, or when you feel your child is ready. At this age, their mind has developed beyond observation and they start questioning everything around them.

Why Teach Logic?

Logic is the study of rules of reasoning. It is a tool that helps clarify thinking and encourage argument. It teaches how to examine an argument, how to discern truth from fallacies, and gives you the ability to reason. When our kids start asking those many questions, they will be able to think objectively and form their own opinions. They learn to think for themselves rather than follow the lead of someone else; they won't buy into harmful cultural stereotypes.

What is Logic Useful For? 

Logic is useful in understanding the sciences, it is useful to discern the truth and it is also useful in the development of the brain. Logic is foundational to every science as it provides the means to getting at the truth of propositions and arguments. It trains them to think through the validity of arguments and to weigh the value of evidence. Logic also trains the brain to think, which I am sure we can all agree, is a much-needed skill.


The teaching of rhetoric typically starts around 9th or 10th grade and comes after Formal Logic. At this stage, our kids have pretty much stopped arguing and just want to express themselves. Teaching Rhetoric gives them the skills to say what is on their mind, clearly and convincingly. Through skill and practice, by using things like curriculum, debate clubs, speech clubs, speaking clearly becomes a success instead of an accident.

In the rhetoric stage, they will use their skills and a combination of all their learning to write research papers, make presentations, prepare debates as well as many other useful areas. Debate clubs and classes are a great way to prepare your teen in this skill. My son took debate last year and the changes in him were amazing

Resources for Logic & Rhetoric

Classical Academic Press

Memoria Press

The Critical Thinking Company

Prufrock Press

So I figure if my kids are going to argue with me, the least I can do is give them to tools to argue effectively. By teaching them Logic and Rhetoric, I am giving them tools that will last them a lifetime. They will carry these skills into college and into the workforce. They will be able to debate effectively in college discussions and lectures, have valid and meaningful discussions in the workforce, all in a way that will gain them respect and understanding. I don't see how we can go wrong with teaching these subjects.

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