There are as many ways parents homeschool as there are reasons for choosing the home education enviroment. Here we explore the teaching methodologies and philosophies behind the homeschool movement, in both secular and non-secular education. All articles are written and vetted by those with experience in homeschooling and in general education, many by former teachers who are now educating their children in their own homes.
Are you fed up with the state of education today? Many parents are, as evidenced by the rapid growth of homeschooling in the past several years. Today the homeschooling movement is more diverse than ever. Just take a look at some of the statistics.
I have a lot of beefs with public school – even though some of my good friends teach public school. It’s a great place for some kids. However, for my kid, the best place for learning has been at home. Here’s why I chose to homeschool my son, and some of these reasons may help you do so as well.
A Canadian study has shown that kids who are homeschooled are, on the whole, smarter than kids who attend public school. These findings are not surprising, but they do support the decision one will make to homeschool their kids. Learn why you should make the jump to teaching your kids at home.
Unschooling has the reputation for being a lazy option for parents. Although this method is very different from structured home education, unschooling has the potential to provide children with a fine education while encouraging a love of learning. Find out here why some people don’t think so.
Parents starting to homeschool their child often are told they must pick an instructional method or style. However this approach may add stress to a smooth beginning. Take time to acclimate your breaking away from traditional education. Test your knowledge regarding your homeschool readiness.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when homeschooling a grade school child is to make sure that child has a strong foundation in reading, writing, and arithmetic. However, there are other valuable skills grade school children need to master as well. What do you need to do it successfully?
When faith is the reason for deciding to homeschool, weave the Christian perspective into every subject. Whether you are going to purchase a curriculum or pull together your own, read further for ideas about how to educate your children in a Christ-centered manner.
Children really are the future. There is a growing trend toward homeschooling to provide the very best education. However, there are cons of homeschooling that even the most well-intended parent must over-come. Identifying these obstacles will help in the decision to home school or not.
Homeschooling is a great alternative to traditional schooling. But what makes it so special? Understanding the benefits to schooling your children at home will give you a more comprehensive view of why you would choose to do a homeschooling situation.
The good news about learning how to unschool is that there are few if any rigidly set requirements. But, you ask, if I’m not schooling, what am I doing? Read on to find out what steps you can take to begin unschooling and become a self-directed learner.
What have you heard about unschooling? Is it an environment where learning is nurtured and allowed to flourish naturally, or an out-of-control chaotic mess? How do you decide if it will work for your child? Know your facts before deciding. Weigh the benefits along with the draw backs.
Often parents become frustrated with their child’s inappropriate behavior and do not know where to turn. There are several resources available and techniques you can use to help you gain control of your child’s behavior problems.
Basal readers focus on highly organized, sequential learning, using a “look-say" or sight word approach. This can be an easy option for homeschooling parents to teach their children how to read. Learn more about this method and the books available here.
The constant shuffling through pages and pages of brochures and websites can finally come to an end. The right special education curriculum for homeschooling is easy to select when you know what to look for exactly. Let individuality be your defining point.
Homeschooling methods and curricula abound for virtually any family, no matter their spiritual or religious affiliation, preferred teaching or learning style, or level of commitment. Waldorf homeschooling is one of many programs based more on approach than specific curricula requirements.
If you are considering homeschooling, than you’re probably wondering what your options are. There are so many different ways to home educate so here we feature eight of the most widely used styles of homeschooling. Making a homeschooling decision is easier when you are well informed.
Is Kindergarten necessary for a child’s educational development? Should you begin homeschooling at the Kindergarten grade level? This article shows through educational research and studies the pros and cons of starting with Kindergarten.
How do I start homeschooling my child? Have you asked yourself this question? This article will answer this question and share candid thoughts about making the decision to homeschool, as well as ideas for setting up a workspace, thinking through daily planning, and other information.
The Montessori method is based on an educational philosophy that places the students at the center. As a homeschooling method, it works well for preschool and elementary aged students. Learn more about the benefits to this learning method.
“The Well-Trained Mind” method of homeschooling is a popular form of modern classical education. The book outlines how to teach specific age groups, as well as the subjects to teach when following a classical education formula. Is this the right fit for you and your children?