By: Krystle Crossman
Home-schooling your child has so many benefits, but one of the best ones is that you get to decide what your child will learn and what method will be used to help them. Here are five different home-school methods:
1. Unschooling: This is one of the more controversial forms of home-schooling. There is not curriculum, no lesson plans, no real “class” time. Your child goes on with their day and does what they want while learning at their own pace and on their own time. Many criticize this method because they feel that children will not learn anything that will help them down the road. Others say that it is a great way to make them curious and get them interested in learning.
2. Eclectic: This method of home-schooling involves multiple different styles thrown in together to create a unique learning experience. This is one of the more relaxed styles of teaching.
3. Charlotte Mason: The Charlotte Mason method is one that focuses on teaching children by using real-life lessons and is built on the foundation that children are to be respected. They will be given real-life situations such as balancing a checkbook or having to do household chores so that they can learn some of the most important skills that they will need later in life. They also learn discipline.
4. Unit Learning: If your child is interested in one specific topic more than the others use that knowledge to get them interested in learning. Concentrate most of your studies on this topic and incorporate other studies into that main focus. For example, if your child is interested in Ancient Greece you can teach them the history of the empire, can have them build a scale model of some of the ruins, and even help them cook Greek cuisine.
5. Classical: Classical learning is where you find the learning method that works best for your child and use that as much as you can to teach them. Some children who are visual learners will have a better time with charts and graphs. If they are tactile learners you can have them building models.