So now you know your child’s learning style. Great! Now how are you going to use the ways in which they learn best, in order to facilitate learning? There are a bunch of homeschooling styles that you could use. Look over them, I’m sure you’ ll find an approach that stands out to you.
Charlotte Mason Approach – This method of homeschooling was founded by Charlotte Mason, a teacher in Victorian England who guided learning gently, with daily observations of nature, exposure to fine music and art, and the use of living books, as opposed to textbooks, and other high-quality activities that provide the child with an appreciation for the life that is all around him/her.
– Ambleside Online is a free, Charlotte Mason, online curriculum.
Classical Method – This method aims to teach children in the three stages of learning based on the “liberal arts” of the medieval university in Europe. The stages are: Grammar (elementary), Logic (middle grades), and Rhetoric (high school). The Grammar stage involves learning facts, memorization, and gathering knowledge. Logic is when reasoning and logic begin to be applied to the knowledge previously learned. And during Rhetoric is when students learns the skills of wisdom and judgment. The Classical Method is very popular among Christian homeschoolers and often includes the practice of having children learn Latin or Greek.
– Classical Conversations is a common, Christian-based classical curriculum. There is also The Well Trained Mind, which leans more secular.
Moore Formula – Started by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, as a result of their childhood development studies, their “formula” says that work and community service, along with study from books, provides a balanced education. The Moore Formula also advocates not forcing academics until the child is mature, which is not before the age of 8.
– You can read about the Moore Formula here.
Unit Study – Method of study by which an entire program, with a unifying theme, is created to study diverse topics across all subjects. Students can spend days, weeks, or full semesters centered on a single topic (example: The Harlem Renaissance), while also studying math, reading, spelling, grammar, history, geography, government, sociology, etc . . . all centered around that time period. The Unit Study approach can be a very rich one, because it captures and holds the child’s interest and offers real-life applications for academic skills.
– KONOS is a popular unit study curriculum and is considered the very first homeschool curriculum
- Eclectic Approach – This method uses materials from any and all sources, rather than following a pre-set program or curriculum and can even include a variety of other homeschool styles. Eclectic homeschoolers may use home made materials, library books, textbooks, unit studies, classical education books in some subjects, and unschooling methods for others.
- Unschooling – With this method, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests without the backing of formal curriculum and texts and are left to explore the every day learning opportunities that present themselves.
Worldschooling – Is a fairly recent term that you may come across as well. Worldschoolers often travel heavily and let their travels serve as their educational guides. Like with unschooling, children learn at their own pace from the world around them.
- Public school at home – This is exactly what it sounds like. Sometimes families just find it better to pull their children from the classroom, but want to maintain the connection to the public school system. In these cases, the child can still participate in school activities, has a dedicated teacher, and completes the same work their peers are doing, while at home on the computer.
– K-12 and Connections Academy are public school from home programs
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