• Homeschooling Approaches and Methods

Homeschooling Approaches and Methods

Look here to learn about different ways parents approach homeschooling and the methods they use. Maybe you'll find something that fits your family perfectly, or maybe you'll be inspired to combine them into a style all your own. Don't feel like you have to choose a specific method. Homeschooling is a journey, and as you settle into your homeschool program and discover how your children learn best, your ideas about homeschooling may change, and your homeschooling method will likely evolve. The articles below include links free resources, informational websites, blogs, and companies offering method related curriculum and supplies.

Charlotte Mason

The Charlotte Mason method uses books written by one person in a conversational or narrative style and first-hand resources rather than textbooks.

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Classical Education

Classical educational instruction emphasizes ancient disciplines and classical literature through the use of a three-part process called the trivium.

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Eclectic Homeschooling

An eclectic homeschooler is one who uses a combination of homeschooling methods. This method involves putting together your own curriculum–usually from a variety of sources. There are many websites offering curriculum guides to help you in your planning. Many families end up labeling themselves as eclectic homeschoolers.


Montessori instruction involves creating a learning environment full of specialized hands-on, self-correcting learning materials that allow children to engage in learning activities of their own choice.

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The Principle Approach

The Principle Approach applies God's principles as the basis of every subject. There are no textbooks or workbooks. Instead, your child uses the Bible as a resource.

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Traditional Homeschooling

The traditional homeschooling method resembles the method used in traditional schools. It can be secular or faith-based, and it can be implemented by either the parent or a non-traditional private school. Parents either purchase textbooks, workbooks, teaching guides, and lesson plans, or students are provided with curriculum and class schedules from their private school. This method is works well for children who need or prefer structure.

Unit Studies

The unit study method is where a variety of subjects are taught based on a single topic or theme. Unit studies focus on a child's interests and can take anywhere from days to weeks to complete.

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Unschooling allows children to follow their own interests. It is unstructured, child-led, self-directed, and oftentimes curriculum free. Parents provide guidance and the appropriate learning environment.

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Waldorf Education

Waldorf education implements curriculum designed around a child's mental and physical development. It includes three stages: childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

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Web-based Homeschooling

With web-based homeschooling, most of the course materials are provided online. Some web-based curriculum providers provide teachers, and those that don't provided lesson plans for parents. Oftentimes grading is automatic and students progress through the program of study automatically.

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