One benefit of homeschooling is that it’s unique in each household as it depends on the family and children’s needs, but still, homeschoolers have created certain types and methods. Well, presenting you these methods doesn’t necessarily mean you have to follow them exactly. You can gather inspiration from them and mix your style – do whatever works best for you!
Since you’ve just learned about how to start homeschooling and how to make it effective, let’s explore and narrow down homeschooling models, which can help you decide which one suits you and your family most.
- Classical Education Method
It is a widely used method and a borrowed style of teaching practices during the times in Ancient Greece and Rome. The whole goal of this style is to teach your kids how to learn for themselves. For the learning tools used, it’s called Trivium or the five main focuses, which are Reason, Record, Research, Relate, and Rhetoric. In this method, younger children start with the preparation stage or learning the 3Rs. Next, grammar stage, where they learn about compositions and collections. Then lastly is the dialectic stage, where they do more serious reading, studying, and research.
One great feature of this method is the use of Socrates’ dialogues; what is this? This is perfect for you if you want your child and you to engage more in activities such as robust discussion and debates through open-ended questions. This encourages your kids to go beyond the mere “comprehension” to enhance and enrich their understandings of themselves and the world.
- Charlotte Mason Method
This style was developed in the late 1800s in Britain for a more distinctive approach in education. It is a Christian homeschool method that utilizes short periods of study only like 15-20 minutes maximum for elementary students, and 45 minutes maximum for high schoolers. According to Charlotte Mason, this promotes children to play, create, be involved in real-life situations where they can learn.
Specifically, if you follow this method, you must focus on short periods of a nature walk, nature journals, history portfolios, and lots of practices through observation, memorization, and narration. This whole style may be different from usual, but it makes sure you focus on your kids, it is also easy for the budget, totally flexible, and lets children discover and learn more at their own pace.
- Waldorf Education Method
Thiswas developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1800s and is also one of the most popular methods used because this takes on a more holistic approach to education. It focuses on instilling in children’s minds a better understanding and appreciation of their place in the global and natural world. It also aims to develop your child’s character, compassion, and creativity. In the early grades, learning centers in arts, crafts, music, and nature. For the later stages, you will have to teach your children self-awareness and reasoning.
One thing that is being discouraged in this method is the use of television, computers, or any kind of gadgets when teaching your child as they believe it is bad for the child’s health and creativity. It’s really inexpensive since you’ll need more books, or you need to have it ready at your fingertips already – just anything that cultivates imagination and creativity in your child.
- Montessori Method
This style was developed by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s and is also considered to be one of the most popular methods used in private schools and homeschools. In this, you will have your child focus more on hands-on experiences and order within the learning environment. What makes this known, though, is its core of giving freedom and choices to the learner, it provides more room for your child to grow, learn at their own pace to discover their true potential. Also, it is an approach that focuses on beauty and quality, not the things that are disorganized and confusing.
For this method to work, in a homeschool setting, you, as the parent, only provide gentle guidance and direction to focus more on your child’s own choices and decision-making. According to Montessori herself, “The instructions of the teacher consist then merely a hint, a touch – enough to give a start to a child. The rest develops itself.”
At this point, I’m sure you’re ready to start all this homeschooling stuff already. Don’t be pressured if one style doesn’t suit you well or your child. Remember that mixing them up is possible, and after all, your style will totally depend on what you can do and what your child is interested in more. So, just have fun exploring until you find what method is perfect for you.