If you have no idea where to start, spend a little time figuring out what approaches you might want to use in educating your child.
Settling on an overall approach to home education isn’t your first task, but the more years you home school and the more curricula options you investigate, the more you’ll feel the need for a coherent, organized method that can help guide you as you sort through all of your options.
A few of these approaches are listed below, to help you begin your research.
Based on the medieval trivium, classical education is thoroughly explained in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. Learn more through the articles below.
Turn-of-the-century educator Charlotte Mason used many of the techniques of classical education in her language-rich educational philosophy, which centers on educating the whole child (body, mind and spirit) and is strongly teacher-directed.
Unit studies takes a particular interest or topic (ancient Rome, vegetable gardening, boat building, The Three Musketeers) and organizes the entire curriculum around it, relating math, language arts, history, science, and fine arts all to the same central idea.
Championed by John Holt in the 1970s, unschooling does away with formal curricula in favor of child-led (but parent-directed) investigation.
Parents who follow this approach make use of boxed curricula, online schools, or charter schools in order to administer a traditional classroom education that happens to take place in the home.
Eclectic Home Schooling
Eclectic home educators borrow from any method that suits them in order to construct a personalized educational plan.