The Logic Stage

Lower and Upper Middle School (5th-8th Grade)

The logic stage is where children in lower middle and upper middle school begin to connect all the facts they learned in the grammar stage and to discern the relationships between them.  Students begin to ask why, and critical thinking skills are introduced and applied - evaluating, discovering connections, placing facts into a logical framework, and studying the arguments of others.  Children in the logic stage still soak up information, but instead of passively accepting the information, they work with it – determining its value, its rationale, and its place.  The ability to work with information in this manner prepares them for the third stage of the trivium, the “rhetoric stage”.