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January 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

 

Homeschool Methods & Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum

We’ve looked at some of the basic factors that you should consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum.  One of the biggest factors that affects your curriculum choice is the homeschool method you’re using. 

Certain homeschool methods (such as classical homeschooling, Waldorf, and Montessori) are very structured and require you to follow a designated path with an established curriculum.  Other homeschool methods are more flexible (relaxed homeschooling, unit studies, unschooling, eclectic homeschooling), and allow you greater freedom of choice when selecting books, materials, and curriculum.  

What method of homeschooling will you be following? This is the first choice to make after committing to homeschooling.  As mentioned above, certain homeschool methods follow a fairly tight curriculum. The classical method, for instance, dictates a lot of specific topics in each of the three stages of grammar, logic and rhetoric. It deals in the more traditional basics of reading, writing, spelling and math to build a good educational foundation in the grammar stage.  The classical homeschool method then progresses on to the logic stage where language, logic, history and science come into play. The last stage—the rhetoric stage—is more about working within the mind, using developed skills to form and defend opinions expressed in writing and speech formats.

Something else to consider is the amount of time the homeschool curriculum will require.  Certain homeschool curriculum programs require a lot more hands-on time by the parent-teacher, especially in the early years. This should factor into your decision on which method you’re going to follow. How much time do you have to devote to homeschooling? Reading about the various methods should give you a good idea of how much time will be required for each type.  Cross-match the amount of time needed with your schedule to determine when and how long you can teach.

Even in the most rigorous of homeschool methods, the time needed from the parent-teacher lessens as your child ages. Early elementary teaching can be just an hour or two a day, whereas high school students will need five or six hours. The difference comes into play when you analyze how much time you need to play a direct part. In the early years it’s going to be close to be nearly a 100% time commitment, whereas in high school teaching, you’re going to become more of a monitor of the work done, with very little time required by you. You will be mainly laying out the course work and assignments, checking on their progress, and grading the work when completed.

Some methods of teaching don’t require very much in the way of purchasing outside products and curriculum. These methods rely more on library books, Internet use, or fashioning their own learning tools. Some choose to buy certain learning aids to add a little variety to the school day. They want to mix it up a little to keep things fresh and keep the student from getting bored.

Some homeschool parents choose to take snippets from various methods of teaching and put them together to form hybrid methods of teaching. For example, these methods might take the basic portion of the classical method and add in some Internet studies or video aids.  Some parents like to add real-life studies like cooking, carpentry, computer science, or nature studies to their selected curriculum. There is virtually no end to the number of ways you can put together a homeschooling curriculum. It’s a matter of personal choice that combines your personal situation with the end goal of what you want your child to learn.

The most important thing is to have fun, enjoy your kids, and learn as much as possible.  Don’t stress too much when choosing a homeschool curriculum.  You can always change and adapt as necessary.

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  • kirbymom
    January 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum for Your Child

    Choosing a homeschool curriculum can be challenging, since there are so many factors to consider and a huge variety of curriculum choices.   When considering a homeschool curriculum, we need to look at how our children learn best.  There is no "one size fits all" curriculum, just like there is no "one size fits all" homeschool family. 

    When it comes to homeschool currriculum, it’s important to remain flexible, and realize that you can switch between different curriculum programs if the one you choose isn’t working out.  Be flexible and willing to try different options. Both teacher and student need to enjoy this journey.  Here are a few things to consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum for your child…

    • Your child’s learning style
    • Your homeschooling method (i.e. Classical, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, Montessori, Christian, unschooling, etc.)
    • Your teaching style
    • Your budget
    • Ages, stages, and number of children you’re homeschooling
    • Your home enviroment
    • Your opinion on the use of technology in your homeschool
    • Whether or not your may send your children to public or private school in the future.  If sending them to school is a possibility, you’ll want to stick with the language arts and math curriculum that the school is using. This way there will be a seamless transition.

    No one can teach their children everything, so don’t get too overwhelmed with the many curriculum choices.  If something’s not working, don’t be afraid to switch things around, or try a different curriculum.  Sometimes no matter how much a resource might seem like a good fit on paper — it may not work for your child.  When possible, request sample materials and test them before ordering a full curriculuIm.  In part two, we’ll look at how your choice of ahomeschool method affects your homeschool curriculum options. 

  • AutymsMommy
    January 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    This is a great way to sum up "how to homeschool"!

    One thing to add to your reply that goes into what to consider before purchasing curriculum - faith preference; secular, catholic, protestant. Faith preference will narrow your choices, especially if it's less mainstream in the homeschool market.

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    January 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

     great articles sonja!!

     

    this might help in determining yours and your childs learning styles!

     

    Homeschool Views Quiz Page

     

    Everyone's learning style is as different as his or her personality. Our specially designed quizzes will aid you in identifying your child's learning style, as well as your own. This will help you to tailor your teaching in a way that best fits your child, and understanding your own approach to learning will illuminate the differences and similarities between you and your child. Discovering how your family learns will uncover both weaknesses and strengths; use this knowledge as the all-important resource that it is.

    Child Learning Style Quiz
    This quiz will help you understand your child's learning style.

    Adult Learning Style Quiz
    Here you can discover your own learning style.

    Teaching Style Quiz
    This quiz will help you understand how your teaching style fits best with your children by outlining the curriculum options that will work the best for your homeschoolers.

     http://www.homeschoolviews.com/quiz/quiz.html

     

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    January 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM
  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    January 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM
    This should be stickied.
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    January 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

     This is great information!

  • kirbymom
    January 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Great point! Thanks for pointing that out. :)  

    Quoting AutymsMommy:

    This is a great way to sum up "how to homeschool"!

    One thing to add to your reply that goes into what to consider before purchasing curriculum - faith preference; secular, catholic, protestant. Faith preference will narrow your choices, especially if it's less mainstream in the homeschool market.


  • kirbymom
    January 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Awesome post yourself, Debs. :)  Thanks for sharing this little tidbit!  

    Quoting oredeb:

     great articles sonja!!


    this might help in determining yours and your childs learning styles!


    Homeschool Views Quiz Page


    Everyone's learning style is as different as his or her personality. Our specially designed quizzes will aid you in identifying your child's learning style, as well as your own. This will help you to tailor your teaching in a way that best fits your child, and understanding your own approach to learning will illuminate the differences and similarities between you and your child. Discovering how your family learns will uncover both weaknesses and strengths; use this knowledge as the all-important resource that it is.

    Child Learning Style Quiz
    This quiz will help you understand your child's learning style.

    Adult Learning Style Quiz
    Here you can discover your own learning style.

    Teaching Style Quiz
    This quiz will help you understand how your teaching style fits best with your children by outlining the curriculum options that will work the best for your homeschoolers.

     http://www.homeschoolviews.com/quiz/quiz.html



  • kirbymom
    January 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Wonderful! I love the international laws link for homeschooling. Awesome posting Debbie. 

    Quoting oredeb:

     state homeschool laws!

    http://homeschoollegaladvantage.com/resources/homeschool-laws-by-state

    or

    united states  http://www.hslda.org/hs/default.asp

     international countries    http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/


  • kirbymom
    January 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    LOL ~Thank You Dawn. :)  

    What did you like most? 

    Quoting Dawn07:

    This should be stickied.


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