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There are many teaching philosophies used by homeschoolers. Here we discuss some of the leading ones and give you resources to find more information.

Different Approaches to Homeschooling

Homeschooling can take on a variety of forms and teaching methods. Different philosophies can be tailored to your family's beliefs and values, as well as your children's unique learning style and needs. Here are some of the most common homeschooling philosophies:

  1. Traditional or School-at-Home: This approach follows the same curricula and standards as a conventional school, with emphasis on rote learning and standardized tests.

  2. Unschooling is often considered the most flexible approach to homeschooling. This style tailors education to the child's interests and builds on them to create a dynamic and organic learning environment. Some people confuse unschooling with not-schooling-at-all which would be a mistake. Unschoolers are actively involved in education, they just approach it from a child-centered perspective.

  3. Charlotte Mason: This approach is based on Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy, which emphasizes nature study, living books, real-world experiences, and meaningful relationships.

  4. Classical: This method follows a three-stage approach to learning, with emphasis on grammar, logic, and rhetoric. One popular resource with local Christian families interested in this approach is Classical Conversations.

  5. Waldorf: Waldorf education is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, and emphasizes imagination, creativity, and a holistic approach to learning. Oak Meadow is popular curriculum for Waldorf Homeschoolers.

  6. Montessori: Montessori education is based on Maria Montessori's educational philosophy, which emphasizes self-directed learning, exploration, and hands-on activities.

  7. Eclectic: Most homeschoolers in our area fall into this category. This approach combines elements of many or all of the different approaches listed above.

No matter what philosophy a family chooses, homeschooling can be a great way to provide a personalized learning experience for a child.


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