Which Homeschooling Method is Right for You?

There is no one-size-fits-all method for homeschooling, which is kiiiinda why some people opt to homeschool to begin with! Here is a quick overview of different methods that some families choose, and if this is all new to you, maybe this will give you an idea of where you might fall!

Of course – YOUR idea of what might work may not be what’s best for your CHILD. I learned that the hard way. I had dreams of a classical method reciting poetry over quiet tea times, but with a house full of boys, we have evolved into a more eclectic and child-led learning. And guess what – my kids are all thriving in their own way (and can still recite some poetry and sit still when needed. Best of both worlds lol)! I love homeschooling!

So let’s see where you might fit in:

LIST OF COMMON METHODS FOR HOMESCHOOLING

Traditional Homeschooling: Also known as “school-at-home,” this method replicates the structure and curriculum of a public or private school at home, often using textbooks and scheduled lessons.

Classical Education: Based on a three-part process (the Trivium) of training the mind, this method focuses on the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages to teach students how to learn for themselves.

Charlotte Mason: This philosophy emphasizes “living books,” nature studies, journaling, and the importance of forming good habits, with a strong emphasis on nurturing a love for literature and the natural world.

Montessori: This approach encourages self-directed learning in a prepared environment, focusing on hands-on activities, exploration, and independence.

Waldorf (Steiner Education): This method integrates academics, arts, and practical skills in rhythmic, balanced ways to harmonize the intellectual, practical, artistic, and social development of the student.

Unschooling: A form of self-directed education where children are allowed to explore their interests and learn organically without structured curriculum or formal lessons.

Eclectic Homeschooling: This method picks and chooses from a variety of homeschooling methods and resources to fit the individual child’s needs and interests.

Roadschooling: A form of homeschooling where education is based on travel, turning local points of interest, culture, and history into educational experiences.

Worldschooling: Similar to roadschooling, but on a global scale, this method turns travel into a broad, immersive, multicultural education.

Unit Studies: This approach integrates multiple subjects (like math, science, social studies, and language arts) around a single theme or topic.

Online or Virtual Schooling: This method utilizes online schools or programs for curriculum and instruction, offering structure and professional oversight remotely.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Look at all these different approaches to learning, and picture all of these different kids from different walks of life excelling the way that works best for them. It’s a BEAUTIFUL picture and makes me all tingly inside! The true beauty of home education.

Remember, most homeschooling families don’t strictly adhere to one method but often blend aspects of several to meet their unique needs and learning goals. Take some time to try what might work, and be open and willing to adapt when necessary, even if it’s in the middle of the school year!

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