Making the decision to keep your child at home can be difficult. Having to think about school shootings, bullying or if your child will get the best possible attention.
If you settle on the decision of keeping your child at home, you may wonder what is the right way to proceed. Well, we have compiled a list of home school options to help with understanding the process. Ranging from a set up that can be traditional to more elaborate alternatives.
10 Traditional Homeschooling Or School At Home
This is where learning is done at home. Students memorize the information and take tests, just like a public or private school. The difference is that it is all done in the home. The parent usually works with a curriculum provided by a school or a well know home school company like Abeka, Accelerated Christian Education or Landmark.
A family would choose this option if they are in a school district that they do not approve of. They also choose this option for religious reasons. Most schools do not offer a religious curriculum and some families find this important enough to keep their children at home.
9 Classical Homeschooling
Most important to the classical home-school method is the old world foundation, Greek and Latin. Grammar, logic and biblical education are also important to classical studies. It is chronological and based deeply in history.
Classical homeschooling is known to be the most prestigious form of home education and remains very popular in the community. It requires more than just basic understanding from the learner. It encourages debates and opinions on each of the topics being studied. Most home learners using this method go on to being high achievers. They adapt well to higher education.
8 Charlotte Mason Method
This style is focused on elementary-aged students. Developed by Charlotte Mason in the 19th century. Her method broke up study periods into blocks of time ranging from 15 to 20 minutes and longer for high school students.
Each child writes in a journal about their observation during the daily nature walks. The importance is placed on observation, memorization, and explanation of what the child learns. Charlotte Mason integrated a lot of the Classical Method. The point of her method was for the child to have a "Living Book" of experiences for them to look back at and learn from as they grew.
7 Montessori Homeschooling
With the Montessori method, the classroom is divided into stations that are set up for the child to explore.
The Montessori Method of Education was created by a woman named Maria Montessori. It is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Montessori's method has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world. This method grew out of her psychology work with special-needs children. Today you can find classrooms filled with students of varying ages. This translated well to the home with siblings of different stages of life. The older students can assist the younger children making it a lesson for both.
6 Waldorf Homeschooling
The Waldorf method of homeschooling was created in the year 1919 by Rudolf Steiner.
The purpose is to create a well-rounded person with a wide curriculum, including the arts, music, physical education, emotional studies, and academics. Steiner thought that if children who consciously cultivate independent thinking will be better able to cope with the world as an adult. His method did not use a grading system, students played none competitive games and cooperation was the main focus.
5 Homeschooling with Unit Studies
This is actually as its name suggests studying by units. Students might study Geography about China, which leads to gunpowder in Science and negative number in Mathematics. That very week, there would be a discussion about the Ming dynasty in the History lesson. The arrival of Buddhism to China from India in religious studies. To end the week on a fun note, the family would cook Kung Pao Chicken and Dumplings for Home Economics.
Unit studies are great for parents who find it fun to overlap activities for the week on a central topic. It is fun if done right.
This is homeschooling on the road for Full-time RV or Tour Bus families. Some parents work on the road and prefer their children tag along. This way they can integrate the travel experiencing into the curriculum.
Landmarks can be used as checkpoints for meaningful history or geography study units. Imagine a child seeing the actual signed document of the declaration of independence. That is so much more substantial than a textbook.
Homeschooling on the road is growing as more families are working remotely. This option looks different for every family.
This is for the globetrotting learners. By far the most expensive method of educating your child. For the families that can afford it, the child would benefit from exploring different cultures.
A family may choose to incorporate traditional, classical or unschooling to their 'world schooling' method. This looks different for every family as traveling is just one component.
Imagine the child who gets to see in real life pieces of history. They could visit The Great Wall of China or the Leaning Tower of Pisa or even The Great Pyramid of Giza. Children can learn languages and physically interact with the world.
2 Eclectic Homeschooling
Each child is unique. The parent that wants their child to learn and grow their own way, this may be the best method. The Eclectic homeschooling method is one where the parents meet the child where they are at.
An example would be the child asking why is there lighting when it storms. This is the time for the parent to cue up the YouTube videos, print out the google research on lightnings. Then somehow find a way to lead to the discovery of electricity. The parent usually combines other homeschooling methods as they go. Every day can be different as this is more about how the child feels each day.
Unschool is also Child-Centred. This method allows the child to explores their own creative freedoms. Unschooling is based on the works of John Holt, who was teaching in the United States public school system. He felt that school was the reason why children stopped learning.
With unschooling, learning can be project-focused. Parents choosing this option believe that children will learn as a side effect of living life. When something needs to be accomplished, the child will learn as it will be essential to their growth. There are no curriculum or testing.
This is by far the most flexible form of home-school. It requires that the facilitator be greatly invested in the success of the child. The parent may spend their time on stand by ready to research, travel or set the child up with anything they may need to achieve their goals.
There are many ways for a child to learn and grow, but ultimately the decision is yours. The purpose of learning while young to one day grow up and be a contributing member of society. If this goal is being met then you have succeeded as a parent whatever method of homeschooling you choose.