Different Homeschooling Programs

There are many kinds of systems employed by parents to arrange a homeschool program for their children. Some homeschooling systems make use of guidelines that are to be followed strictly, while others are less structured and easier to adopt. These systems have been given different names by different people. Let’s discuss three of the most popular of these homeschooling systems.

School at Home

This is a very common approach to homeschooling and most parents try it as a first step. Professionals are asked to supply books, material and design the curricula of study. Everything is handled like public school classrooms. However, parents may decide to change a few things or add some of their own experiences here and there to make it more interesting.

If the schedule and general guidelines are strictly to be followed by parents, this method requires a good amount of effort by parents. Eventually, they tire out and start thinking of an alternative. Teaching is not an easy task and different children have different intelligence levels and grasping abilities. If they are not able to adapt to a particular teaching style, it is only going to cause more and more frustration to the parent.

Another drawback to this approach is the use of public school teaching material. The main reason behind homeschooling is to introduce new things and drop some of the things taught in public schools that a child may not be comfortable with. In this approach, it is not easy to change the curricula and still get required results. So, parents often feel their child is lagging behind and not doing any better.

Unit Studies

This type of approach is adopted when parents are aware of their child’s interests. They use the child's talents as a starting point and move from thereon to other subjects. Parents should arrange for drawing or painting classes if they think their child enjoys it and is good at it. Similarly, if a child is interested in learning about history, scientific phenomena, literature or any other subject then the parent should concentrate on that subject in unit studies arranged at home.

One of the possible drawbacks of this approach is that sometimes parents start overemphasizing the importance of their children's personal interests. The program should be flexible enough to let the child change his subject of interest over time or express his opinions without any reservation about introducing a new subject.

Classical Homeschooling

This type of homeschooling method is very old, dating back to the Middle Ages and is still practiced by many people. In this approach, children are motivated to learn for themselves. It is based on the five principles of learning: reason, record, research, relate and rhetoric.

Although difficult to adopt at first, the classical homeschooling approach brings many long-term benefits. It is followed step-by-step without any hurry or competition. The child is given enough time to grasp a concept completely before moving on to the next. It has been found to be the most effective method of homeschooling and can be combined with other approaches to develop a relaxed environment ideal for learning.

Many books have been written on the subject of classical homeschooling and explain this approach in detail. One of these books is The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.

Homeschooling is not a trivial task and it should be adopted with great confidence in the your ability to achieve something. It is very beneficial for your children and provides you with an opportunity to guide them according to your own perception of life and things. It also helps to recognize the inner talents of your children and use them as a basis for further, higher education and entering the professional world later on.

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