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Do You Use a "Homeschooling Method?"

By January 24, 2013

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Pen notebookBack when I started homeschooling umpty-ump years ago, one of the big topics of discussion was which "homeschooling method" to use. My article Homeschooling Methods, Explained talks about the most widely-known home teaching styles, including Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, and Classical.

These methods represent widely differing theories of how children learn and what they need to know. At one extreme is the view that children are "empty vessels" ready to be filled with facts and figures. At the other is the idea that helping students develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills is more valuable than memorizing formulas and vocabulary terms.

For parents, the homeschooling method you chose also used to determine what teaching material you used, and where you looked for resources. But today, with information so readily available to anyone with an internet connection, I wonder whether picking the "right method" is as important as it once seemed.

What do you think -- does the homeschooling method you choose still make a difference?

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January 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm
(1) Kathy Ceceri says:

A friend on Facebook answered this by saying: “We started out with the idea of using a classical method, but why limit yourself? Our guiding principle turned out to be ‘If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t work, do something else.’”

February 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(2) LAC says:

My son was homeschooled since kindergarten and just graduated from a distant learning program in Dec. He has started online college courses. He graduated with a B average and in the two weeks that he has been doing his online college classes he has recieved two B’s and a A on his exams. He is no nerd nor is he always studying. For us he was consistant in his learning and learning took place in a variety of ways. He would go to the library to take out books that interested him usually Star Wars. We watched alot of Discovery Channel and History Channel as well as movies that he liked. He plaed video games and we did alot of hands on stuff when he was younger. We took him to Museuams the beach the mountains and parks.We would fo bike riding and do all kinds of stuff. We were not limited to just book work. For anyone struggling with homeschooling I suggest taking a break and doing fun stuff for awhile. There are so many ways to learn. Don’t try to copy the public school approach to learning because teachers have so many children in their room and they have to teach for test taking. Home schoolers have much more flexibility than that and should take advantage of whats around them to further thier child’s education. Don’t be so stuck to a schedual that you take all the fun out of why you wanted to homeschool to begin with.

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