Hmm… if you just took a deep breath and then let out a sigh to think about that one, you’re not alone! There are many homeschool methods, and many families change their methods over time. Here’s a quick peek at five popular methods.
1. Classical Education. Sometimes referred to as “The Trivium” or Well-Trained Mind (WTM) approach. Three stages of learning distinguish this method, including a first stage of facts-based learning/memorization. Generally speaking, it’s said that this approach is highly structured and academic. You can learn more at the WTM forums.
2. Eclectic. Some call this approach, a little (or a lot) of this and a little (or a lot) of that. For some homeschooling families, the eclectic approach may be guided by curriculum, student interest, the day’s/week’s events, and current events.
3. Textbook/Workbook Method. Some families opt to follow textbooks or workbooks, strictly or loosely depending on child/family or interest in “classroom” style teaching and learning.
4. Charlotte Mason. A motto of this method is “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” Some view this method as a gentle homeschooling method that doesn’t necessarily require adhering to a rigid schedule, but offers a well-rounded education in part by encouraging exploration.
5. Unschooling. This approach is often as unique as the individual child or family, with some homeschooling families adhering to interest-led education and others to minimally guided education that does not emphasize written tests or work product.
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What’s your approach? Has it changed during your homeschool journey? If so, how?