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Approaches to Home Education

There are many different approaches to home educating, and it’s not unusual for a home educating family to change their approach as they become more comfortable and experienced with home educating.

Some approaches include:

  • Curricular: Highly structured, using mostly textbooks and workbooks
  • Accelerated Education: The student begins high school when as young as 10 to 12 years old
  • Delayed Academics: No formal studies until a student is 8 to 12 years old
  • Classical Education: Trivium-based form of education using the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages; used to develop critical thinkers
  • Unit Studies: Integrates and relates several subject areas into one theme
  • Charlotte Mason Method: Learning through real-life “living” books
  • Delight-Directed Studies: Learning based on child’s areas of interest
  • Unschooling: Learning through natural life experiences
  • Eclectic: A combination of two or more approaches

When deciding on an approach, you may want to consider:

  • your children’s style(s) of learning (two children may be better served by two different approaches);
  • the number of children you teach at the same time;
  • the level of learning ability (which for any given student, may be higher in one subject area and lower in another when compared to public school levels/grades);
  • the level of confidence you have as a teacher; and
  • the amount of money you are able to, or desire to, spend on resources and curriculum.