It may surprise you to discover homeschooling is not always just school at home. Homeschooling technique is a very individual choice for many parents. While some feel strongly about using a liberal approach to education in order to encourage children to learn, others prefer a more structured approach.
The following is a brief outline of the main educational methods used in home schools around the world:
If you prefer classical education, you might look at a traditional classroom setting where parents are more in charge of the educational pathway of their children. However, be careful not to make the structure of your classroom too strictly structured as this has a record of making homeschooled mothers burn out with stress if things don't get done in their specified time-frames.
Some home educators adopt unschooling practices as part of their classical homeschools, allowing their children some structured time to do homework (often for three hours in the morning), and other time to do interest-based-learning. Interest-based-learning and unschooling both try to let children learn through discovery on their own. Because children are having to direct their own education, they tend to look at things which interest them more, therefore, increasing their cognitive engagement with the subject at hand.
It may be worth remembering that some children respond to different approaches more than others. For children who are highly motivated, only a small amount of direction may be needed. Less motivated children may need a more structured curriculum to learn properly.
When I was homeschooled, my parents used a classical educational approach. I found this worked well for me, but my brother struggled with the rigidity of the curriculum, especially in his formative years. Having said that, I think I prefer a classical approach to education and will probably choose this approach first with my children. The curriculum can always be modified if it is not working well.
I think my reason behind choosing the classical approach is that, as a Christian, I want to try to be wise about what I teach my children and I think the classical approach allows me to teach my child, whereas I think child-led learning doesn't give me this option. This is not to say I'm not going to let a child explore his or her surroundings - I'm just saying that while you can learn through teaching yourself, often the best learning comes from teaching.
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