Homeschooling Methods

So, now that you have made the decision to homeschool you will be inundated with various methods and opinions, welcomed and not, of how you will teach your child or children and what method will you choose. Well, that can be as simple or as complex as one would like to make it. There are many methods available today and most can be simplified into a handful of methods or techniques that best suit each family and most importantly the child. From my own personal experience and knowledge as well as some research I have compiled for you a list of the most used and recognized homeschooling methods used today, as well as some that are probably not too well known.

Structured or Traditional method:
This by far is the most well known and typically what most families think of when they begin there homeschooling journey or what non-homeschoolers would think of when considering what homeschooling is. Which is comparable to the public and private institutions on how and what is taught. This method is typically a parent/teacher and student situation where the child sits and is taught out of a pre-determined curriculum at set times of the day. Some families will even designate a room in the house as the ‘school room’ and use that for teaching various subjects out of familiar textbooks. This is often believed to be a good stepping stone for parents with children that are familiar with the public and private institutions and perhaps aren’t completely certain of what direction the child’s learning might take. This method is also a good icebreaker for parents to become accustomed to teaching their own children in a format that they are familiar with.

Unschooling method:
This method is typically referred to as the opposite of structured or traditional homeschooling methods. It is focused on the child and what the child wants to learn. Typically the parents do not force feed learning, instead let it happen naturally and assist the child when the child requests it. Parents that utilize this method also believe that learning takes place everywhere all of the time. Workbooks, textbooks, and lectures are not the route of Unschooling families, instead great novels, works of art, field trips, and general exploration and play are regularly implemented.

Eclectic method:
This method is growing in popularity and is basically a mix and match of any method that is suited for the child and family. Typically with this method the parent will encompass the use of textbooks when necessary and no textbooks when necessary. This method allows for the freedom to choose without putting such restrictions upon one self as the structured or traditional method might, though they are not quite as easy going as unschoolers.

Classical method:
This method focuses on having the student read and study the great works of literature. It is believed that this method allows the child to think ‘outside’ of the box and develop an independent way of thinking, communicating, and interacting with others.

The methods I have listed above are what many would think of as the primary methods. Ones that are regularly recognized and used. However, during my research I came across a slew of other methods that I, as a homeschooling parent, have never heard of. I will list them here for you and would also recommend that you seek the websites I have referenced for further information regarding these other methods.

-Delayed Schooling
-Charlotte Mason
-Montessori
-Accelerated Learning
-Principle Approach
-Waldorf
-The Moore Formula
-Thomas Jefferson Education
-Holistic/Alternative
-Virtual Learning

As I hope you can now see, homeschooling is definitely not a one size fits all, but instead a different view on education and what is important for a child to learn and embrace.

By Cristina Reinert

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8 Responses to “Homeschooling Methods”

  1. As to Cristina Reinert’s article she covers all aspects of homeschooling as a choice and alternative to standard schooling. In my prospective I strongly agree with Home Schooling as a stronger attitude forming and relationship between students and parents. Home schooling give the child the ability to self express themselves, without the peer presures of every day public schooling. It encourages the children to discover their abilities with out having to fear laughter from those not able to see what the child sees or believes. All in all home schooling helps build a better child for the future. Parents who are home schoolers have my ghreatest respect as this is no easy task and requires full commitment and patience. God Bless You All.

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  3. Tyree Beaudette says:

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