Are you wondering what type of homeschool method you’ll adopt? Jennifer highlights 5 popular homeschool methods—Classical, Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf and Traditional. She emphasizes that you can learn from homeschoolers different than you, and that your first choice for schooling, might not fit your current season of life.
Classical Education: Often referred to as “leadership education” because it builds skills needed for leadership. Each subject practices skills for logic, debate, public speaking, reasoning, researching, writing and communication. These subjects intertwine with one another.
Unschooling: This is also referred to as interest driven, child-led, natural, organic, eclectic, or self-directed learning. The child’s interest level is taken into account instead of the norm that schools have put into place. Also, Unschoolers are uninhibited by rigorous course structure and have time to pursue the arts or business in an entrepreneurial style.
The unschooling movement began with John Holt. He termed the phrase “Growing Without Schooling.”
Charlotte Mason: The Charlotte Mason method is based on Mason’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his or her mind. A stand-out feature of this method is the use of living books described as, “Living 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’.”
Waldorf Homeschooling Method: This method’s beliefs are based on Anthroposophy, also referred to as spiritual science. Its philosophical roots are based on German mysticism and idealism. It has four basic levels: freedom, spiritual research, nurture the life of the soul in the individual and in human society, and involvement in daughter movements such as bioidentical farming. Waldorf students have more free time than a traditional school setting and places strong emphasis to study the arts and nature.
Traditional School: Creating a homeschool experience similar to a brick and mortar school by using curriculum that was originally created for use in private schools. This might be your comfort zone because textbooks and workbooks are what you grew up with.
Popular curriculums that come from private Christian schools are A BEKA, Alpha Omega publications, BJU press, Landmarks Freedom Baptist’s curriculum and more. Some kids thrive working on their own with text and work books. Over time curriculum developers have adapted their material to meet homeschoolers needs with online and computer software courses. This is an option if you feel you must have an accredited program. Visit a homeschool convention or search online for the many options.
Support: Join a homeschool group. Some groups just have activities, some offer academic classes and others offer both. Be flexible and don’t let your method of homeschooling become more of an issue than it should. You’ll goal is to graduate a well-educated and well-socialized young adult who are able to stand on their own.