No matter what we do in life, the ability to express our thoughts and ideas clearly with words - written and spoken - is applicable.
What is the use of knowing something if you can't communicate it? Writing is the art that embodies and showcases our education.
But few writing curriculums are user-friendly for homeschoolers, and many (even those that call themselves classical) don't even work.
In Greek, the word literally means "the before exercises." The progymnasmata are preliminary writing exercises that teach students basic rhetorical concepts and methods.
In classical rhetoric, the progymnasmata were "structured so that the student moved from strict imitation to a more artistic melding of the often disparate concerns of speaker, subject, and audience" (Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition, 1996).
Before advancing to training as an orator, a student would work through the 14 exercises of the progymnasmata: fable, narrative, chreia, maxim, refutation, confirmation, commonplace, encomium, invective, comparison, characterization, description, thesis, and law.
Ancient writers never asked students to write from their personal experience. Instead, they gave their students worthy models to imitate and manipulate so they could hone writing as a craft while also cultivating moral sense and taste.
Sure, you can! However, each person needs to register individually.
If you have a co-op or school who is interested in using this class for teacher training, contact Hayley Beck with details about your group. and how many teachers will be registering. Each teacher will need to register individually.