More specifically, what type of homeschooling method should you follow? If you are new to homeschooling this can be confusing or even frustrating. Maybe you don’t want to subscribe to a specific method or practice. Maybe you want to replicate the schooling experience your child has or would have received had they gone to public school. Maybe you want to try a little bit of all of them and kind of pick and choose what works for you. It’s all fine. There are no hard-lined ways of doing it. Sometimes it takes a period of time while experimenting with different methods, which speak to you and your family’s dynamic, to embrace that method. Then, sometimes, the method that may have worked in the past may not work now. That is one of the exciting things about homeschooling; it affords you that kind of flexibility. Keep in mind that you do not have to subscribe to any one method if it doesn’t fit your needs. In addition, there are many more methods of education out there than what is listed.
Types of homeschooling:
Secular Homeschooling – Simply put, it means that you are not homeschooling for religious reasons. This may or may not weigh heavily on what kind of curriculum or materials you use to homeschool.
Non-secular Homeschooling – Simply put, it means that you are homeschooling for religious reasons. This may weigh heavily on what kid of curriculum or materials you use to homeschool.
Methods of homeschooling:
Charlotte Mason – Charlotte Mason (1842-1923), was an educator. Her approach focuses in the fine arts with children reading good books, studying music and art in addition to spending time in nature. More information can be found on-line, here is one link to get you started.
Classical Education/Trivium – Dorothy Sayers (1893-1967), was a writer. Her influence on the Classical Education method comes from her essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” and is the basis for the new classical Christian education movement. More information can be found on-line, here is one link to get you started. It is a link to a private school that uses this method, their explanation is very concise.
Eclectic – The eclectic homeschooler reviews all the information about each method and then picks and chooses the parts from those methods to make up their own unique method of teaching.
Enki Education – Is similar to Eclectic. Here is a link that can get you started. It focuses on several leading educators and methods: United Nations International School, Waldorf, Western education, themed studies and Sensory Integration Program.
Montessori – Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-19252), was a physician and educator. She believed that learning was a natural process that was self directed and followed fundamental laws of nature. This method encourages you to observe and support he natural development of your child. More information can be found on-line, here is one link to get you started.
Structured Learning – One that follows the school day routine and curriculum very closely.
Thomas Jefferson Education – Based on the Educational Theory of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) and thought that literacy and self-government could work hand in hand towards self-preservation. Mentoring is a component of this method.
Unit Studies – Integrates all the subjects together into one theme or topic. More information, including tons of free resources, can be found on-line. Here is a link to get you started.
Unschooling/Natural Learning – Child-lead learning. Here is a really good link to more information and a movie on unschooling.
Waldorf – Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), was a scientist and thinker. It focuses on educating the “whole child”. More information about the method can be found here.