Homeschooling Methods

Homeschooling Methods
For many people,​ homeschooling may call to​ mind the​ picture of​ two
or three children sitting at​ a​ table and writing feverishly in​
their workbooks,​ while mom or​ dad stands nearby .​
This is​ the​ not
entirely true .​
There are different methods of​ homeschooling,​
and the​ method you choose will decide the​ curriculum and your
style of​ teaching .​
Given below are some of​ the​ most influential
and popular homeschooling methods.
The Charlotte Mason method:
Charlotte Mason is​ known as​ the​ founder of​ the​ homeschooling
movement .​
a​ homeschooler herself,​ she was passionate in​ her zeal
to lay out the​ foundations for an​ effective a​ complete
homeschooling program that is​ fun and educational at​ the​ same
time .​
This method focuses on​ all the​ core subjects with emphasis
placed on​ classical literature,​ poetry,​ fine arts,​ classical music
and craft .​
Mason used a​ variety of​ books from classical
literature,​ which she called 'Living Books' .​
Since this method
encourages a​ passionate awareness of​ literature,​ the​ child is​ read
to daily from the​ 'Living Books' .​
After this,​ the​ child is​ asked
to narrate what she has heard .​
This process begins at​ the​ age of​
six,​ and by ten the​ child is​ expected to​ write her narrations in​
her book .​
Mason also advocated the​ use of​ 'Nature Diaries' .​
each short and interesting lesson,​ the​ child is​ asked to​ go to​
Nature and draw observations from Nature .​
Thus the​ child also
gains a​ sense of​ respect for her environment .​
Mason believed that
development of​ good character and behavior was essential to​ the​
complete development of​ the​ child's personality.
The Eclectic Homeschooling:
This is​ a​ mixture of​ various homeschooling techniques .​
Here,​ the​
innovative parents trust their own judgment and pick out the​
topics that make the​ best curriculum for their child .​
Such parents
continuously look out for the​ best products that will meet the​
needs of​ their homeschoolers .​
Most Eclectic homeschooling
curriculums are improvised .​
This means that the​ basic curriculum
is ready-made .​
The parents then make changes in​ the​ curriculum to​
accommodate the​ individual needs and interests of​ their children .​
The child's gifts,​ temperament,​ learning style and interests
dictate the​ curriculum .​
Eclectic programs include visits to​ the​
museum,​ libraries and factories.
A Boston public educator name John Holt laid the​ beginnings of​ the​
unschooling method .​
He believed that children learned best when
they are free to​ learn at​ their own pace and when they are guided
by their own interests .​
His message was to​ 'unschool' the​ child .​
This method is​ a​ hands-on approach to​ learning,​ where the​ parent
takes definite cues from the​ children .​
There is​ no definite
curriculum,​ schedules or​ materials .​
This method is​ the​ most
unstructured of​ the​ various homeschooling techniques.
The Montessori Method:
This method began in​ Italy,​ when it​ was observed that children
have acute sensitive periods,​ during which they undergo periods of​
intense concentration .​
During such phases,​ a​ child will repeat an​
activity till he gains a​ measure of​ self-satisfaction .​
Montessori method depends on​ a​ prepared environment to​ facilitate
learning .​
All the​ materials used in​ this method are designed to​
satisfy the​ inner desire for spiritual development of​ the​ child .​
The materials used progress from simple to​ complex,​ and are rather
expensive .​
These are just a​ few of​ the​ methods of​ homeschooling .​
Whatever the​
method,​ the​ underlying factor is​ flexibility and a​ keen interest
in the​ desires of​ the​ child .​
The secret is​ to​ use the​ child's
desire for knowledge to​ further his education .​

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