Homeschooling Styles, Methods, and Approaches Easily Explained.

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Homeschooling Styles, Methods, and Approaches Easily Explained.

Homeschooling Styles

Homeschooling Styles

Introduction

Before diving into homeschooling, it’s important to have a clear idea of the different ways you can approach educating your child. This is where different types of homeschooling come into play. There are many ways that parents can educate their children, but how do you know which one is the best for your family? There are three main ways that homeschooling parents choose to educate their children: blended, single-mother, and “traditional” homeschooling. But which one is best for you and your family? Blended homeschooling is a great option for parents who want to learn from each other. The teachers can also learn from one another, which can help keep their lessons interesting. If you want to learn more about the different ways that you can homeschool your child, keep reading.

Traditional homeschooling

Traditional homeschooling
Traditional homeschooling

Traditional homeschooling is any method of homeschooling in which parents teach their children at home. This usually means that the parents are supplying their own materials (such as books, papers, and computers), as well as all of their own lessons, for an entire school year. This method is often used in small towns and in rural areas, as well as in some religious communities. It is also often used by people who are home-schooled themselves and who want to pass on their love of learning to their children. Traditional homeschooling usually goes on year-round, but some families will “summer only” or “summer only/year-round” educationally. The students are assigned chores around the house or yard to learn responsibility and time management while learning how to work as a team. Traditional homeschooling is not usually any type of distance-learning method.

Single-mother homeschooling

Single mother homeschooling
Mother homeschooling

NB. It’s not what you think!

In single-mother homeschooling, the mother is the primary teacher of her child. This is usually the case for all subjects. As a result, the mother has to balance her time and energy between her home, her children, and their education. This can be a great option for adoptive or special needs parents who don’t have the time or energy available to teach their own child. This type of homeschooling is often called a “one-to-one” approach because the child has only one parent to rely on for education. This method of homeschooling is becoming more popular, especially among women who are not married. Often, it allows mothers to balance their home and family life with their career without sacrificing either. It also allows single mothers to spend more time with their children and have more of a relationship with them than they otherwise would if they had a full-time job outside the home.

Single-father homeschooling

Single father homeschooling
Father homeschooling

Again, It’s not what you think!

Single-father homeschooling is when a man is a primary teacher for his child. This is typically the case only when the father is the primary caregiver. This type of homeschooling is rare, as it is much more difficult for a father to find enough time to teach the child than it is for a mother. This can be especially true when the father is the sole breadwinner for the family. Fortunately, technology has made it easier for single fathers to homeschool their children. For example, many educational apps are designed specifically for single fathers to use while their children are in school. This can make it easier for fathers to focus their time on raising their children when they are not working.

“Blended” homeschooling

Blended homeschooling
Blended homeschooling

“Blended” homeschooling is a type of homeschooling that combines aspects of different types of homeschooling. This can include traditional homeschooling, single-mother homeschooling, or single-father homeschooling. Often, the parents will have also chosen one of the other methods as their main homeschooling method. To find a blended approach that works for your family, you should consider how you would like to educate your children. Most blended styles will allow you to choose between the different methods for your child’s education. This can help you to decide between the different types of homeschooling.

Drop-in/flexible learning

Flexible homeschooling
Drop-in method

Drop-in/flexible learning is a type of homeschooling that allows parents to drop in and out of a school-like environment as they choose. This usually happens in the summer and occasionally in the winter. Parents can set their own drop-in times and drop their children off at their own convenience. Some drop-in/flexible learning programs also allow the parents to pick up the children during their drop-in times. This means that parents can go to work or do other activities while their children attend the drop-in/flexible learning program. This gives parents more flexibility with their time while giving the children a more structured environment. Drop-in/flexible learning can be a great way to fit some structured learning into your summer or winter break. This is especially true if you don’t know exactly what type of structured learning you want your child to experience.

Unit studies

Unit study homeschooling
Unit Studies homeschooling

Unit studies as a homeschooling style is a collection of learning activities and various instructional materials tagged to a particular theme that the learner should learn. This homeschooling style is popular because it provides the much-needed hands-on approach to learning, increasing the absorption and retention of content.

Families choose a topic and combine different subjects to learn about that particular topic with this type of home education. The research unit on American history, for example, will cover not only history and social studies but also science, mathematics, spelling, geography, language arts, and other subjects. It may include other subjects such as art, music, and exercise education to make learning enjoyable and fun

Eclectic

Electic homeschooling
Eclectic homeschooling

The eclectic homeschooling style is a highly individualized and customized education approach that results from mixing and matching a variety of homeschooling resources to get a more robust style that suits the needs of the learner. It is an exceptionally personalized approach for every child based on their strengths, weaknesses, learning styles, and interests. 

The eclectic homeschooler takes what works for its child in a variety of home-schooling ways, using what works and changing what does not. This allows for a variety of learning experiences, which are popular with some children. For example, the family may use traditional math books, not study science subjects, participate in unit classes from time to time, and take a regular course in subjects such as grammar and history. The eclectic homeschooler’s mantra is often used as long as it works, and if it doesn’t work, move on to something else.

Montessori Homeschooling Style

Montessori homeschooling
Montessori Homeschooling Style

The Montessori Homeschool provides a guided learning environment for young children to learn problem-solving techniques, patience, self-discipline, practical life skills, and compassion for others.

In a Montessori homeschool, the child directs the learning. Parents can help their children’s education by matching materials and curricula to their interests. They also create a prepared environment that encourages students to explore and discover.

Montessori is a philosophy rather than a program, and any parent can design their own Montessori homeschool curriculum. One of the most important ways families accomplishes this is by stocking up on materials that allow them to use the Montessori method at home.

Classical Homeschooling.

Classical homeschooling
Classical homeschooling

Classical homeschooling is a three-part process that focuses on mental training for your child. Essentially, it is using the way our children’s brains learn and process at various stages of development to our advantage in how we homeschool them. The three parts are called the trivium.

The Grammar Stage

The elementary grades are used to impart concrete facts, laying the groundwork for our children to continue to learn and grow. It focuses on memorization and repetition to lay the groundwork for the next stage.

The Logic Stage

Children then progress to analytical thinking in the following stage. We begin to wonder why things are the way they are and what the logic is behind them. Because our children naturally learn and process information in this manner, the classical homeschooling family will use this time to ask a lot of questions, attempting to figure out how everything they have learned fits together and relates.

The Rhetoric Stage

In the classical model of education, the final stage of the trivium is rhetoric, which is essentially using the knowledge and logic they learned up to this point and learning how to express themselves with original thought. Children begin to investigate abstract ideas and hypothetical situations. This would include detailed writing, papers, reports, and verbal communication using skills learned in previous grades.

It can be carried out by a parent or a professional tutor.

Conclusion

Choosing the best homeschooling method for your family can be difficult. However, if you follow the advice in this article, you will be well on your way to selecting the best method for your family. While there are many ways to homeschool your children, blended homeschooling is usually the most flexible option and the best option for families that want to learn from each other.

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