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What type of homeschooler are you? or if your just starting would you like to be?

Posted by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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what type do you use? a mixture? hows it going?  have your tried any others?

Eclectic Homeschool Method
Eclectic Homeschooling is a term that has become popular as homeschoolers gain confidence and become savvy consumers of different methods. It simply means picking and choosing what works best for you and not being afraid to make decisions or change your mind. An eclectic homeschooler may use one publisher for math and another for science. Or, she may even use a different math for each student. Eclectic homeschoolers are confident that they know what is best for their children and are highly independent in decision making.
Traditional Homeschool Method
This approach mimics what happens in the public school classroom. It compartmentalizes subject areas, uses textbooks, and relies on teacher-driven content.

Montessori Homeschool Method

The Montessori Method is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessorri and is primarily concerned with the education of young children. Her theories are based on a belief that a child learns through freedom in a structured environment. The Montessori classroom gives children free access to materials, exercises, and resources designed for sensory and motor training that lead to later skills mastery. Instead of teaching, adults become encouragers and guides while students express and explore.

Delayed Schooling Homeschool Method
this method is that children should not be rushed into formal education and can benefit from delaying training until 8 yrs or longer. Their evidence suggests that the development that happens in the early years sets a better foundation for later learning.

 Classical Education

Classical homeschool education is based upon the Trivium. This is a teaching model that parents and other educators use in order to provide their children with the best education possible. The Trivium is meant to tailor the curriculum to the way that a child develops cognitively.

The Trivium is broken into three parts for the three degrees of education that a child will have during his or her life. During the grade school ages, the model emphasizes concrete thinking and memorizing of facts. This is done in all of the general education subjects. Classical thinks believed that when a child is in grade school, his or her brain is best suited to memorize facts and learn about concrete ideas.

During the middle school years, abstract thinking is developed. Classical thinking is that during this age, children are better able to learn what analytical thinking is and to harness it within their studies.

During the high school years, students are taught abstract thinking and articulation of their subjects. By teaching the subjects in these three different ways during a child's life, it is thought that the brain will develop to the best of its potential and that the child will be well educated.

Charlotte Mason

 is one the the most popular homeschool-styles. It was British educator in the late 1800’s. Her observations, experience and philosophy as a teacher has created an entire methodology to homeschooling. In the Charlotte Mason method, there are some basic principals to which the educator should adhere. Some of the basic principals are using “living” books, employing narration in your lessons, working on forming better habits, short lessons for young children and the use of dictation for spelling and grammar. Much use is also made of repetition and practice for mastery in terms of writing and doing copy work. Through the principals espoused by Charlotte Mason, children will absorb lessons better and retain information longer than by simply doing worksheets, etc. The Charlotte Mason methodology actively engages children’s minds and creates relevancy in order to retain the information in the long-term.


A lapbook or lap book is basically an educational learning tool made from a folder. They may also be referred to as shutterbooks, graphic organizers, fold books, presentation books, flap books, and project books. They can be done at the close of your unit studies to highlight key points the kids have learned - a place to glue projects or little books they've made for the unit, be based solely on a book your child has just read or help reinforce mathematical functions. Use it to document what your children have learned or even to display and refer back to. Some people prefer to buy kits ready to put together while others may use blank templates to help create, and still others come up with a design of their own. We've done all kinds of lapbooks - and from what we've found, there is no wrong way to put together a lapbook

Unschooling/Child Directed Homeschool Method

Unschooling allows children to take control of their educational choices. Unschooling is student-directed instead of teacher-directed. Unschoolers often take issue with the current, expert-based education system, choosing instead to trust the individual’s ability to guide their own education by following their interests. Parents who choose an Unschooling or Child Directed teaching style base their approach on the interests and natural learning patterns of their individual child. This style avoids use of textbooks, reviewing, quizzing, or even formal testing. The child's natural curiosity and interests are the key to the daily activities. There is a large emphasis on imagination, nature, art, music and almost no formal curriculum is used. There is no use of lesson plans, a defined "school" time, or even any type of grading. The child's environment, though controlled, is used as the bases of learning. A great curriculum choice for this type of teaching style is Unit Studies. Unit Studies allow the child's interests to control the basis of study.

Accelerated Learning Homeschool Method
Some homeschoolers reclaim the wasted time in traditional education by accelerating the pace that they do school. They typically graduate high school very early and many go on to home school college and graduate school

The Principle Approach Homeschool Method
This approach is uniquely Christian and encompasses the idea that all learning centers on God’s word. Students learn the methods of America's Founding Fathers; specifically Research, Reasoning, Relating, and Recording.
Combined Parent & Child Directed
Parents who choose a combined Parent and Child Directed teaching style feel more confident in their family's ability to decide what's important to study and what isn't. The types of curriculums available for this style involve more hands-on creative activities and also more independent study and thought time. Many times nature and art play a larger role in the lesson plans. There is more emphasis on your child's personal interests and imagination. The use of varied curriculums works best with this type of teaching style.
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

We're eclectic so I guess, according to that list Combined Parent/Child Led.

by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM
Unschooling/Child Directed Homeschool Method
We tryed Eclectic Homeschool Method when we first started but I knew I wanted to unschool, I just had to wait for my hubby to get on board with it too.
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by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The idea is to be eclectic and as child-led as possible. We're coming into it late and we're aiming for college at the end, so I think an entirely unschooled/child-led method won't work for us.

by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Radical unschooling - we aren't even going to do unit studies

by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

we vary quite a bit. We do math via meps, reading via library books and such, language arts is hit while we talk to each other and looking for errors in some books. Social Studies we again go to the library and pick up books to learn from. 

We have no set plan in place, we just go with the flow of what we want to learn at that time. The past couple of months the kids have helped put on our local fair. They were involved in a decent amount of behind the scenes activites, such as cleaning up the premises, getting the buildings prepared for the vendors, helping map out where the vendors would be placed, many things like that, not to mention they also helped place my volunteers and tell them what their jobs were =) My kids had tons of socialization during our 9 days of They had a blast and they truly did learn quite a bit!

by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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Quoting SusanTheWriter:

The idea is to be eclectic and as child-led as possible. We're coming into it late and we're aiming for college at the end, so I think an entirely unschooled/child-led method won't work for us.

We are child led eclectic hs' the kids pick a topic they want to learn i find tons of resources from every style of learning and they choose how they want to learn it..
by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM
Doesn't everyone do accelerated? We typically go through 2 grades per year in most subjects. I guess i thought all HS families do.
by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Charlotte mason and lapbooks. I am going to base my curriculum on I do like using lapbooks though as a hands on way of doing research on a topic. Right now science is more of a unit study method. Last month (well last few months) were about dinosaurs. Now we are studying the life cycle of a butterfly. We don't start kindergarten until mid/late October (after moving across the country and settling in), right now it's just a laid back preschool. :)
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by Jinx on Apr. 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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Traditional homeschool, with classical education.

I'm a type A box checker so I loke having curriculum to mark off and books to work through. Sometimes they aren't actual textbooks, sometimes we do boy scout merit badges for different subjects.
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by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
We are a mixture. I prefer the term classical tradition homeschool. We use many living books. We enjoy textbooks for math and part of language. An emphasis on good writing skills is important too.
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