This year we will commence upon our 9th year of homeschooling! Reflecting over the past nine years, we have learned a variety of so many different things! We’ve studied ancient Egypt and classified animals and rocks, conquered long division, learned to read and how to write. We’ve constructed more lapbooks than a numerical value could possibly convey. We’ve welcomed new babies into our family, said difficult goodbyes to some of our loved ones, learned to fold laundry, and practiced important lifeskills. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve learned. We’ve grown.
One of the many beauties of homeschooling is the freedom to choose what works for your and your child(ren). Every child is different. They each have their own unique learning style, different interests, likes and dislikes. Being able to structure learning around what works best for your child(ren) has truly been a blessing for our family. Just as the seasons change, so do our lives. There have been many seasons of change that we have welcomed, while some have arrived unannounced and uninvited. Things that once worked for our family suddenly weren’t practical for the season of life we were experiencing. Being able to change what we were doing or how we were doing it to match what was happening within our lives at the time allowed us to continue growing and learning regardless of where we were or what we were dealing with at the time. Homeschooling, for us, has offered indescribable freedom and flexibility.
Maybe you have been considering the idea of homeschooling your child(ren). Maybe you have already begun your homeschooling adventure, or maybe you’re just curious and want to learn a little more about this crazy thing called homeschooling. Well, I’m so glad you’re here friend!
There are several different types of “homeschooling styles” that you might have heard other homeschoolers referring to. Below, you will find a list of some of the most common homeschooling styles along with links that you can follow to learn more about them.
The information below was taken from www.time4learning.com (An online monthly subscription based complete curriculum for K-12). Their website offers a thorough description, explanation, and further informational resources for some of the most common homeschooling styles. You can always Google them separately as well if you are curious to find out more.
TRADITIONAL HOMESCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/traditional-homeschool.html This method aligns itself more closely with that of a traditional school setting. Many new homeschoolers opt for this method of homeschooling because of their established familiarity with it.
ROADSCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/roadschooling.html This method of homeschooling works well for families who travel extensively. The unique experiences of travel and changing environments play a large part in the overall learning experience.
UNSCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/unschooling.html “Unschooling is a style of home education that allows the student’s interests and curiosities to drive the path of learning. Rather than using a defined curriculum, unschoolers trust children to gain knowledge organically.” Hear me out on this one. It’s not as crazy as it sounds!
ECLECTIC HOMESCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/eclectic-homeschool.html “Eclectic homeschooling is a highly individualized education method resulting from mixing and matching a variety of homeschooling resources. It is an exceptionally personalized approach for every child based on their strengths, learning styles, and interests.” This is what I would classify our homeschooling style as.
CLASSICAL HOMESCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/classical-homeschool.html “Classical education is an approach to teaching and learning based on a three-part process to training the mind, called the trivium. The instructional style is based on a method developed by Latin writer Martianus Capella in the Middle Ages and popularized during the Renaissance period. The original intent of this form of education was to create a uniform way of teaching all human knowledge.“
MONTESSORI HOMESCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/montessori.html “The Montessori approach to early childhood education is a child-centered approach that values each child as a unique individual. Creativity and curiosity are encouraged, which leads students to value knowledge and seek it out for themselves. “Self-regulation” is a key goal of the Montessori philosophy of education, meaning the ability of a child to regulate his or her conduct in a way that is appropriate to the situation.”
HOMESCHOOLING WITH UNIT STUDIES: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/unit-study-approach.html “Unit studies are time-specific overviews of a defined topic or theme that incorporate multiple subject areas into the study plan. Sometimes called “thematic units,” these studies often involve multisensory learning where each activity is organized according to the thematic idea.” (We LOVE using unit studies!)
CHARLOTTE MASON HOMESCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/charlotte-mason.html “Charlotte Mason put a heavy emphasis on using high-quality literature, which she called “living books,” to teach children. She believed that education should involve the whole person, not just the mind. According to Mason, education is “an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” (I love Charlotte’s learning and teaching philosophies and we apply a lot of her principles into our homeschooling.)
WALDORF HOMESCHOOLING: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/waldorf.html “The Waldorf education philosophy originated in the early 1900s with Rudolf Steiner, who believed that child development could be grouped into three distinct stages of roughly seven years each. He proposed that: Early childhood education should focus on creative play and active, hands-on learning. Elementary education is the time to introduce academic instruction, while teaching students to increase their imagination and manage their emotions. Secondary education should focus on critical thinking, empathy, and community service.”
If you are new to homeschooling or even if you have been at it for a while, be sure that you find something that works well for you. Homeschooling should be a learning experience for the whole family. Extend yourself some grace when you make a mistake mama (because you are going to), and extend that same grace to your child(ren) when they make mistakes.
Regardless of your homeschooling style, teaching methods and philosophies, or curriculum choices, you are going to experience some really great days that leave you feeling productive and pumped for tomorrow, but be prepared for some of the not so great days (exhaustion, tears, temper tantrums, messes) that leave you questioning your sanity and life choices. (HaHa) We have been blessed with the opportunity to plant big seeds in little hearts mama. Embrace the chaos and enjoy every second. Happy Homeschooling friends!
I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment down below! What is your homeschooling style? What homeschooling styles have you tried and liked? What ones have you tried and disliked?