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Which of These Home-school Archetypes Are You?

By: Krystle Crossman

Penelope Trunk is a very successful blogger, mother, and home-school teacher. She states that she watches others as they home-school to get a better sense of what other parents are doing when it comes to their needs and the needs of their children. She has noticed that there are different archetypes that home-school parents seem to fall into. Here are the five archetypes that Trunk feels encompass most home-school families:

1. Dilettante – This the kind of teacher that doesn’t have a specific focus on one thing. They like to bounce around from lesson to lesson and concentrate on a lot of things all at once as opposed to focusing on one thing and sticking with it for a while. This is the kind of home-school parent that is not good with keeping a set schedule.

2. Religious – There are home-school parents that focus a good amount of their teachings on their religion. They will come up with math problems that have to do with figures in that religion. They teach their child all of the values that come from their faith and make sure that they are practiced every day.

3. Over-achiever – This is the type of parent that is really good at something and they want to make sure that their children are good at it too. They strive for perfection and expect that their children will want to follow in their footsteps. When they find something that their child has a strong skill or interest in they will focus on that extensively until their child has mastered it.

4. Academics – These parents are the ones that feel that public schools are not good enough for their children. They focus on their children getting into prestigious schools one day and make sure that they really focus on the academics instead of exploring subjects to see where their children’s interests lie.

5. Activists – Finally we have the people that do not like to follow anyone’s rules. They feel that they should live their lives the way that they want to without someone else telling them what to do. They usually do not have much structure in their family life let alone in their home-school life.

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