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

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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.
by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

 yes i know what you mean!! so many! theres even more! crazy!

Quoting judahsmommy80:

Ok I have to admit...I had no idea there were so many different types/methods. We just officially started kindergarten in January. I guess I started off traditional but I'm already veering towards eclectic. I'm finding the curriculum useful but I'm starting to add more and more to it. I think I feel safer using the curriculum as a base to make sure I'm not forgetting things but then I'm adding to it to have more fun : )


by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM

We're probably going to be a cross between traditional and eclectic. I do plan on following what the kids want to do, especially in science and social studies. For English and Math, it'll be a little bit more structured but I'll still follow their cues.

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Little of all so I guess extreme eclectic. Lol
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by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM
This, leaning toward unschooling. We have just a little bookwork thrown in to make dh happy, but once the kid can read and write fluently, I'll probably be able to get away with getting rid of that.

Quoting mem82:

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

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by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

I am a "do what works at the time" homeschooler. 

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM
We are eclectic.

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by Group Admin on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

 We are fully cyber-schooling through K-12 next year, we just loved the courses we did this year!  So I guess traditional because we have the standard subjects compartmentalized.  But I was an English teacher, so I add A LOT of stuff and I join a lot of things together that K-12 does not.  (I drive them a little nuts).  For example the boys are learning how to sew as their art class, so I just mark those lessons as done eventhough they haven't done the project associated with it.  We are learning cooking as their health lessons.  We do nature walks as part of science, phys ed, and language arts when we write about what we did.  Like I said, I drive them a bit nuts!

by Julia on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I'm an ecclectic homeschooler. I am usoing the classical method, charlette Mason and a bit of unschooling too.

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

We are child led eclectic, if that makes sense. I do make sure we focus on the major areas that we have to test on each year, which is grammar, spelling, reading, and math, but I don't use textbooks. I find worksheets, lesson plans, and any other study information I need online. As far as the rest of the learning my kids are pretty much in control of what we learn. This year they both wanted to have a Bible class and a Band class, so I use my Bible, as well as other online tools to create Bible lessons, and I have a home based business that provides music lessons, so we log into the program and do Band.

My children were in public schools up until this school year. My oldest one is now in 7th grade and my youngest is in 6th grade, so they are to the age where they pretty much know what they want to learn, and they know how they want to learn, so I have no problem letting them take control of some of our learning.

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:38 PM

ummmm all of the above at one time or another. lol

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