How many different styles of homeschooling could there possibly be? You would be surprised. Until I started homeschooling I thought kids were either sent to public/private school or homeschooled. I could not have been more wrong! The world isn’t black or white and neither is homeschooling. When students attend a brick and mortar school there are options such as public, private, or college prep. Homeschooling is the same way; there are so many different paths on the journey of homeschooling. I will give you a brief overview of just a few of the different types of homeschooling.
Virtual Academy – A virtual academy is basically a public school available online. Attendance is required and monitored, assignments are completed and submitted to teachers, and school books are supplied.
Traditional – Traditional homeschoolers tend to use a curriculum, boxed or online, and keep a stricter schedule. This can sometimes feel similar to public schooling at home, simply choosing the method yourself (Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, etc.).
Relaxed – Relaxed homeschoolers take their time. Children who attend public school attend for 180 days a year for 12 years, which comes to 2,160 days. Homeschooled children are in their learning environment 365 days a year. According to this, homeschoolers must accomplish 5.9 years of education from birth to age 18. It is okay to take your time.
Eclectic – Eclectic, meaning, to collect A LOT of stuff! Eclectic homeschoolers collect their homeschool references from everywhere, online, boxed curriculum, books, workbooks, movies or videos, you name it, and they probably collect it. They use whatever means necessary to find a way to reach and engage their learners. Literally, whatever works.
Unschooling – Unschoolers consider the idea of not using curriculum. To some it may even be considered to be no tests, grades, curriculum, or assignments. There is no typical form of academic work. Parents are the guides, constantly teaching their children what they need to know and learning through everyday life.
In my home we take a relaxed and eclectic approach to homeschooling. This is the best fit for us. Whichever path you choose remember that we are all on different journeys, no two children are the same and neither will their learning styles be. It can be easy to compare yourself to other homeschoolers, don’t. I take an undoubtedly different approach than many of the homeschoolers I have met in my area but that is okay, that is how we homeschool.
How do you homeschool?
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