collage - capture. collect. reflect.

Blogs

Homeschool Styles

It can feel quite daunting when you finally decide to homeschool. In this article you will find some questions to help you consider the kinds of approach you might like to take.

If you are wondering what method of homeschooling to focus on then the first thing to consider is which methods most meet the needs of your family. The questions/statements below can be used as a guide to help you work out which may suit you best. Tick the statements that most appeal to you and then look use the abbreviations to look at the different methods listed below. 

Remember, you don’t have to follow a specific method but once you find an approach that interests you it is really useful to spend a bit of time doing some research, listening to podcasts, reading websites and blogs will help you get to grips with how it works and could work for you.

Do follow your instincts and if things don’t feel right go back to the drawing board and try something else.

Personal Values

  • I want my homeschool style to help me instil a specific value system for my child. CM, CH, DS, EE, M, RH, S, T U W
  • I prefer to leave values out of my specific homeschool approach. EH, T

Philosophy

  • There is a specific educational philosophy that affects how I approach my child’s education CM, CH, DS, EE, M, RH, S, T U W
  • I am neutral in terms of educational philosophies and prefer to focus on other aspects of education EH, U, W

Outlook

  • There is a possibility that I will send my child back to school in the near future CBH, EH, EE, M, TS, T, W
  • I am home schooling for just primary phase but intend for them to go to secondary school CH, CBH, EH, RH,TS, T, W
  • I am home schooling but intend for them to go to university ANY METHOD WILL GET THEM THERE BUT THESE ARE MORE EXAM FOCUSSED CBH, EH, EE, TS, T, W
  • I intend to take each year as it comes ANY
  • I intend to never send my child to school CM, CH, CBH, DS, EH, EE, M, RH, SW, T, U, W

Flexibility

  • I like solid structure and so would prefer one style/method of homeschooling to really use for every subject/aspect of homeschool life CM,CH, CBH
  • I like to explore different methods for different subjects, perhaps more formal for English and Maths but less formal for other subjects EH
  • I intend to homeschool from home or from other environments around us and the worldwide US, W

Homeschooling Methods

Charlotte Mason (CM)

Based on feeding the child an intellectual diet of the ‘best ideas’. Emphasising the use of high quality literature to learn from. Education that involves the whole person, not just the mind.

Classical Homeschooling (CH)

This is split into three stages. First is about learning and recalling lots of facts. Second is when the child links the facts to make connections. Then finally when they use the connections to create and formulate their own opinions. Using assessment and structure.

Computer-Based Homeschooling (CBH)

Computer-Based learning is becoming more popular, it is where learning takes place and is recorded using technology.

Deschooling (DS)

This is a period of reflection and removing the ingrained ‘school way’ approach to learning. Taking away fixed hours, division of subjects, getting things done and creating rewards and incentives. You take as long as you need, there is no defined time. 

Eclectic Homeschooling (EH)

This is where you might dip into lots of different methods of home schooling, depending on the subject and your child, a more relaxed method than religiously sticking to one single method.

Enki Education (EE)

This method is derived through learning from natural experiences. Children are taught in three stages; grammar stage, logic stage and rhetoric stage. At the end of which children are considered well educated with making life’s decision while they are growing up.

Montessori (M)

Focus of this method is around the normal psychological development. Giving children freedom within their limits teaching them independence.

Religious Homeschooling (RH)

Where homeschoolers follow a faith method of educating their child, normally supported by the community they are part of.

Steiner/Waldorf (SW)

Based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner emphasising the importance of children’s spiritual, moral and creative-artistic development alongside their intellectual progression.

Traditional/School at Home (TS)

Using the curriculum that is provided by the government to deliver formal education at home through separate subject lessons.

Tutoring (T)

This involves private lessons taught by private instructors.

Unschooling (U)

Involves following interests the children have rather than a set curriculum. It advocates the benefits of autonomy in education.

Radically Unschooling extends the philosophy of unschooling. It involves partnering with children in all aspects of daily activities such as eating, screen time, and going to bed.

Worldschooling (W)

This is when the family travel together experiencing and interacting with the world. Using the journeys to enhance the educational experience.