Help to Find Your Homeschool Method

Help to Find Your Homeschool Method from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Often new homeschoolers are overwhelmed by the wealth of information out there and don’t know where to begin their research. A good place to start is by knowing about the different homeschool methods so you can determine what would be the best fit for you!

One of the most awesome features of homeschooling is that you have freedom! Freedom to find your homeschool method, freedom to choose what works for you and your children, and freedom to change if something isn’t working.

Find Your Homeschool Method

1. Traditional/School At Home

This approach is more structured than some of the others. Typically you will have textbooks/workbooks for each subject and would work through them in an orderly fashion. This would look more like public school at home as far as the academics.

2. Classical

Classical homeschooling is based on teaching children in three stages, called the Trivium. The Grammar Stage (ages 6-10) focuses on absorbing information and memorizing the rules of phonics, spelling, grammar, foreign language, history, science, math, etc.The Logic Stage (ages 10–12) emphasizes logical discussion, debate, drawing correct conclusions, algebra, thesis writing, and determining the why’s behind the information. The Rhetoric Stage (ages 13–18) continues the systematic, rigorous studies and seeks to develop a clear, forceful, and persuasive use of language.

3. Unschooling

The premise of unschooling is most easily summed up by calling it child led learning.  John Holt is most often associated with unschooling. He believed that “children who were provided with a rich and stimulating learning environment would learn what they are ready to learn, when they are ready to learn it“. Holt believed that children did not need to be coerced into learning; they would do so naturally if given the freedom to follow their own interests and a rich assortment of resources.

So if your child is wild about horses, then run with it. If your child want to build a fort, use it to learn in a natural progression of steps in building the fort! In this way learning happens more naturally and is said to last longer.

4. Unit Studies

Unit studies can be big and small. You can take one theme or topic and create all the school subjects (language arts, history, science, music, art, etc.) into that topic or you can take one theme such as bees and run with that for science.

5. Charlotte Mason

The Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling uses rich literature and living books. From Simply Charlotte Mason: “Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject come alive.” 

Charlotte Mason was a British educator who emphasized respecting each child as a person and giving him a broad education. She works with the way children naturally learn and incorporates nature study, art, and music appreciation as well as the typical academic subjects.

6. Eclectic

Eclectic is what you will often find many of us describing ourselves as. This is because through our years of homeschooling we have adapted one or more styles to our own needs. I am a mix of traditional, classical, unit studies and unschooling. You learn to pick and choose and take the pieces that work for you. {For more on this style check out,  You Might Be An Eclectic Homeschooler If…}