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Curriculum Choice: Homeschool Methods & Philosophies

Welcome to the Curriculum Choice writer carnival on Homeschooling Methods and Philosophies. Take pleasure in and share within the knowledge of our collective expertise as homeschooling mothers from numerous views and strategies as you learn them via and apply them to your personal residence schooling.

Curriculum Choice: Homeschool Methods & Philosophies

Curriculum Choice: Homeschool Methods & Philosophies

Under, we share examples from our Curriculum Choice Philosophies web page plus evaluations of associated curricula and useful posts from our staff of curriculum evaluation authors…

Right here’s an inventory of a number of the extra well-liked Homeschool Methods and Philosophies:

Charlotte Mason

A CM schooling is the type following that of its founder, Charlotte Mason.  Its schedule options brief classes (10 to 20 minutes per topic for the youthful youngsters, however longer for older ones) with an emphasis on wonderful execution and targeted consideration.  Narration, “living” literature, nature research, artist image research, and behavior coaching are a few of the distinctive points of a CM schooling.

Cindy West of Our Journey Westward

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Barb McCoy-Concord Artwork Mother

Charlotte Mason Gave Our Homeschool Wings: “Charlotte Mason’s ideas breathed life into our homeschool. Picture study, listening to composers, lots of outdoor time, free afternoons, and meaningful handicrafts were added in right away and it was so refreshing. Next came lots of living books and narrations. I began to focus on habit training and we worked hard on raising our standards of excellence in our daily work, both in schoolwork and around the house.”

Charlotte Mason Excessive Faculty or Not?: “Plotting a course for your child’s high school education is not easy and straightforward. For our family, we were committed to continue schooling the boys at home and I felt in my heart that Charlotte Mason’s ideas had taken hold. Would they continue to work for high school? It was not an simple decision to make.”

To study extra about the best way to implement a Charlotte Mason type schooling, you may like:

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The guts of a classical schooling lies within the trivium – the grammar, logic and rhetoric levels.  These coincide with pure studying talents throughout childhood.  For many households, classical schooling features a dedication to in-depth research of Latin, arithmetic, the humanities and sciences, and a deep understanding of world historical past and its results that lure them in.  Many classical homeschoolers comply with a four-year or six-year cycle of repeating science and historical past subjects.

To study extra about tips on how to implement a classical schooling, you may like:

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Unit Research

Unit research are a well-liked homeschooling technique as a result of they’re sometimes hands-on, literature-based, and may be molded to suit into different homeschooling philosophies. Particular person subjects can embody all the scholastic topics or be very particular to solely cowl science, historical past or a literature choice, as an example.

Unit research might be discovered on the Web for nearly any topic you or your youngsters can want.  Merely sort “(topic) unit study” into your Web search engine.

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Heather Woodie from Weblog, She Wrote:

Our Should Have Gadgets for Homeschool Unit Research– an inventory of the issues we discover most helpful in our unit research pursuits.

Examples of Utilizing 5 in a Row– 5 in a Row is a literature unit research program for ages 2-12 relying on the extent you employ. We have now all the time used this as our core curriculum from preschool via seventh grade.

Ten Issues That Make a Nice Homeschool Day– This publish shares the elements of our unit research day. We’re on the age the place my college students are engaged on totally different studies- not all the time the identical. How does that come collectively? Learn on!

Tapestry1-580x580Tapestry1-580x580Tricia at Hodgepodge:

Unit Research with A number of Ages – Unit research are nice for an age vary as a result of everyone seems to be immersed in the identical topic. Unit research are sometimes how we match all of it in! After the three Rs, we will principally end up the rest of our topics all collectively – all ages.

The way to Slot in All of the Extras with Unit Research – through the use of unit research, the youngsters can all study collectively. The prep work is completed for me. All I have to do is add the books and provides referred to as for. The top result’s we add in a lot extra studying!

Daniele at Home Serenity has many 5 in a Row assets for a number of ages that she shares on her website plus an exquisite gathering on her 5 in a Row Pinterest board.



Susan at Schooling Attainable:

What’s a Unit Research? – The aim of the unit research strategy is to pick a subject of curiosity and then use numerous topics to study extra concerning the matter and join your studying.  Books, subject journeys, group actions and hands-on studying are sometimes used to assist college students turn into extra concerned within the studying course of.


The normal technique seems similar to the way you have been possible taught in class.  Youngsters use textbooks for all topics, full worksheets and take common exams.  Oftentimes, conventional curricula can also be obtainable by way of DVD, CD-Rom or the Web.  Some individuals select to combine some conventional topics with one other philosophy.

Betsy – BJs Homeschooling:

Our Curriculum Decisions Senior Yr – Now that my teen is a senior, we’re extra conventional, learn on for some nice highschool hyperlinks!

First School Acceptance – How we “did it”, our story homeschooling in the direction of school! That is the beginning of a collection on aiming in the direction of school.

Relaxed, Unschooling, Delight-directed

Usually, these phrases suggest that the mother and father have consciously adopted a life-style which incorporates few textbooks or workbooks, and no grades, exams or labels.  The kid is inspired to study at his personal tempo by means of hobbies and pursuits that the he needs to pursue.

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Barb McCoy (Concord Artwork Mother)

Nurturing a Challenge Studying Surroundings: “The plan should include the goal of the project (which can change as you progress), the materials and resources needed, and a guess as to the length of the project. My experience is there is no straight path with project learning but every twist and turn in the direction of the project can be a learning experience. I have learned to embrace the changes, recording the work that was accomplished.”

Challenge Studying in Excessive Faculty: “I have learned over the last five years that using this style of learning is never neat and tidy. As the parent/guide I need to be willing to adjust to changes in focus as they happen. This week he may be interested in the materials used to build a particular structure and next week he may need help answering a question about how a building’s feature was created.”

I-Paint-as-a-Bird-Sings-Claude-Monet-580x387I-Paint-as-a-Bird-Sings-Claude-Monet-580x387Tricia at Hodgepodge:

A Portray a Day – I offer you permission to tug out the chalks, the paints, the sketch pads. How about proper now? Take pleasure in!

Arms On Geography for A number of Ages – Palms on tasks could be messy. Okay, they’re messy. Typically that’s what youngsters love about studying. And sometimes arms on studying sparks the enjoyment wanted for additional unbiased research. Just a bit paint on a continent prompts a toddler to linger on Japan. Forming a mountain peak or drawing the road of a river opens up dialogue of native People and how they taught these early Pilgrims survival techniques.

Entire-Coronary heart Studying

Entire-Coronary heart studying encourages using “living” books moderately then textual content books.  Any such household will set objectives for the household as an entire and once more for every particular person youngster.  This way of life homeschool has a agency perception that the guts is the important thing to all studying.

To study extra about implementing a whole-heart strategy, you may like:


Biblical Precept  Strategy

The Precept Strategy is a philosophy and technique of schooling based mostly upon Biblical reasoning and a Biblical, Christian worldview which requires contemplating and pondering the aim of every part in God’s universe.

To study extra about implementing the Precept strategy, you may like:


Eclectic Homeschooling

Eclectic homeschooling is a technique that pulls on greater than one of many homeschooling strategies, with a concentrate on hands-on and exercise based mostly studying.

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The Hodgepodge Homeschool Technique – Our homeschooling technique is one which happened over time. Wouldn’t it shock you to know that our strategies really are a hodgepodge? One ingredient added. One other sifted in. Mixing slowly. Seasoning to style. The roots of our technique are classical. There’s a wholesome dose of Charlotte Mason enrichment. Plus, the unit research assist us all study collectively. And the whole-hearted strategy speaks of every youngster’s relationship with the Lord. So, in no specific order, the explanations this hodgepodge technique works for us…

Form Your Coronary heart for Homeschooling with Books – There are additionally books I learn that formed my homeschooling coronary heart. These I share at this time additionally helped type our hodgepodge homeschool technique. And I’m all the time persevering with my schooling. “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~ John Cotton Dana. In the course of the summer time months, I like to tug a couple of of those from the cabinets and reread them in prep for the upcoming yr. Typically I come throughout simply these nuggets I have to spur our homeschool on. I really like how God supplies simply once we want it.

Heidi at House Schoolroom

I’m an Eclectic Homeschooler.  What Precisely Does That Imply?  The time period “eclectic” doesn’t give a number of details about our homeschool fashion.  On this submit I record the bits of items of various philosophies that I exploit in our house schoolroom.

How Letting Go Has Led to a Higher Way of life and Extra Studying!   My preliminary homeschool type was producing a really stressed-out mama who felt she might by no means match all of it in.  Now I attempt to hold this easy guidelines on the forefront: are we relating properly to one another and did we study and spend our time properly immediately?

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~Hosted by Heather Woodie from Weblog, She Wrote and initially revealed January 2014.

Heather Woodie (19 Posts)

I’m a homeschooling mother to our implausible 4– two in highschool, one in center faculty, and one graduate. I’m a former center and highschool biology instructor who has embraced the unbiased nature of homeschooling and I mentor my youngsters via genuine, scholar pushed tasks and studying adventures. This yr we’re homeschooling 12th, 10th, and seventh grades and our homeschool graduate might be headed to Purdue. I hope you’ll discover encouragement and sensible assist right here. You possibly can examine our homeschool at Weblog, She Wrote.