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Homeschooling and Its Many Faces

An overview of different homeschooling methods.

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When I began homeschooling in 1985, there weren't as many options available to homeschoolers as there are today. Over the years, as homeschooling became more popular, many different philosophies and methods were developed. More curriculum companies began tailoring to homeschoolers. Some parents wrote their own curriculum and made it available to others. Technology has also played a big part in changing and expanding the options available to homeschooling families today.

Following is a list of the most common homeschooling methods with information on each method to help you learn more about it and find resources to meet your needs.

  • Charlotte Mason Method - Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was an innovative educator who developed a unique approach to education. Charlotte Mason Books
  • Classical Education Method - Dorothy Sayers well-known essay "The Lost Tools of Learning" is the basis of the new classical Christian education movement. Classical Education Books
  • Eclectic Homeschooling Method - An Eclectic Homeschooler is one who looks at the different approaches and methods of homeschooling and takes from each forming his own unique philosophy.
  • Montessori Method - According to Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), learning is a natural, self-directed process which follows certain fundamental laws of nature.
  • Traditional or School-at-Home Method - Traditional Homeschools would be set up public school style with a complete curriculum, traditional grading system and record keeping.
  • Unit Studies Approach - The Unit Studies Approach integrates all school subjects together into one theme or topic.
  • Unschooling or Natural Learning Method - Unschooling or Natural Learning is a philosophy of child-led learning.
  • Waldorf Education Method - Waldorf education is based on the spiritual-scientific research of the Austrian scientist and thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). According to his philosophy, man is a threefold being of spirit, soul and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages.

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