Ask any homeschooling parent out there what the best way to homeschool is, and they’re sure to tell you. Everyone has their own homeschool methods they have adopted. In this post you’ll see a quick run-down of 7 popular homeschooling methods. What style should you choose?
What Style Should You Choose?
We’re not going to tell you that one specific style of homeschooling is the correct one, and in no way do we mean to imply that the following list is complete and encompassing. There are so many methods of homeschooling. No two families are alike, no two children are the same, and everyone of us homeschools for different reasons. What works for one family, may or may not work for the next. One style may not serve every need for your child, and you may end up going with a mix of two or three, or more! Here are some methods for your consideration:
Textbooks and workbooks, paper and pencil, these are the materials you’ll need if you’re in the traditional camp. These children thrive with words on paper, independent reading and writing, question and answer, explicit instruction and cumulative assessment.
2. Charlotte Mason:
Those who follow the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling do so because they believe in fostering a whole-child approach to education. They attempt to encourage a love of learning through relatable fiction and nonfiction “living books.” Such books serve as the basis of this style of teaching and learning, and subjects such as history, geography, science, the arts, language arts and math are woven around the living books.
The Montessori style of learning is based on the readiness of the child to progress from simple to complex skill sets at his/her own pace. The learning environment of a Montessori homeschool includes multiple opportunities for children to explore and progress along a track of learning without pressure to perform at defined ages.
Waldorf schooling is also a style that focuses on the growth and education of the whole child. With Waldorf homeschooling, students may not read textbooks but might create their own books about a topic of study. Learning subject matter usually involves arts and crafts, music and movement in addition to normal disciplines of reading, writing, math, science, and history.
Unschooling is a method that is based on the belief that the child is fully capable of motivating and directing his/her own learning. Parents who choose this style allow their children to learn almost completely independent of their direction. The child’s love and passion for learning grows when they find topics and skills that interest them.
The Classical approach to homeschooling involves an understanding of child development and education practiced since ancient times, called the trivium. Children naturally learn through specific stages, generally adopted as the grammar stage, dialectic stage, and rhetoric stage. Lessons and educational direction serve the way children learn best at each stage.
A relaxed and flexible approach, those who are eclectic homeschoolers like to pick and choose which elements they prefer from more than one method, sometimes many. They don’t follow any one specific theory or set of rules, but instead focus on what works best for each specific child. They may choose completely different curricula and styles of instruction from year to year.
There you have it – a quick and brief description of 7 of the most commonly recognized methods of homeschooling. If one or more of them sounds interesting to you, take some time to research them to find out which one you should choose.