There are many ways to homeschool. Some are formalized systems such as Montessori homeschooling, a classical education method, and structured distance learning.
No one method is the right method. Different home situations, ages, and resource helps determine the best method for you and your homeschoolers.
All of the homeschool methods covered traditional areas of education such as social studies and science, language, mathematics and the like. Many homeschoolers combine aspects of many different methods to best suit their situation.
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Regardless of the method, you will want to work within the basic format. Just as in traditional schooling homeschoolers proceed through grade levels, depending on their age and progress. Each grade level is broken down into academic subjects. Each academic subject is further broken down into topics to be covered for that year were great.
There are many guides available to help the homeschooler structured their time. The complete homeschool guide provides links to worksheets and outlines that can be used as is or modified for special needs.
All homeschooling methods strive for the same goals. To ensure were that the basic subjects are covered and age appropriate or ability appropriate manner.
Here are few popular methods of homeschooling. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. You should be knowledgeable of the methods and select one that matches your own teaching style but also matches the student’s strengths and weaknesses too. They are listed in no particular order:
- Waldorf -is based on the connection between spiritual and scientific research. This method was pioneered by Rudolf Steiner. Based loosely on the ability of the soul, spirit and body and their development in the learning process.
- Unit Studies – takes multiple subjects and relates them all to each other so in effect, it blurs the boundaries between subjects.
- Montessori – this method has become very popular in recent years. The basic premise is that each individual has the ability to learn in a natural process which for the most part is determined by the individual student.
- Eclectic – is probably the hardest to explain. The person teaching homeschool students using this method is not bound by any hard and fast rules and is allowed to take whatever approach deemed necessary to impart the knowledge to the students. This allows the homeschool teacher to impart his/her philosophy into the teaching process.
There are many other methods other than those shown above. A person knowledgeable of all the methods of homeschooling is in the best position to make the best decision regarding the method of teaching/learning.