The Curriculum Choice

Homeschool Philosophies

Do you have a homeschool philosophy?

I’ve created an easy tool to find what homeschool philosophy best suits your family.  It’s simple.  You answer a few questions and tally your score!  Click here for the form. 

Here is a briefly stated, compiled list of differing philosophies.  To read more, click on the titles:

ClassicalClassical education had its resurgence with a well-know book called The Well Trained Mind written by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. The heart of a classical education lies in the trivium – grammar, logic and rhetoric stages – these coincide with what our natural learning tendencies are during childhood.  The WTM lays out some great ideas to build a classical education on, but for most families it is a dedication to an in-depth education in Latin, mathematics, the arts and sciences, elocution and a deep understanding of world history and its effects that lure them in.

Charlotte Mason – A CM schedule would feature short lessons (10 to 20 minutes per subject for the younger children, but longer for older ones) with an emphasis on excellent execution and focused attention, whether that is in thinking through a challenging math problem, looking carefully at a painting and then describing it, copying just a few words neatly, or listening to a short Bible episode and telling it back. Habit training is emphasized from a young age; children are taught the meaning of the CM school motto “I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will.” There are no gold stars or prizes, and competition with others is discouraged; each child is simply encouraged to do his best in everything.

Unit Studies – Unit studies are a popular homeschooling method because they can be hands-on, literature-based, or even geared towards the Charlotte Mason method. Unit Studies typically encompass all of the scholastic subjects through the study of one topic.

Biblical Principle  Approach-The Principle Approach is a philosophy and method of education based upon Biblical reasoning and a Biblical, Christian worldview which requires considering and pondering the purpose of everything in God’s universe.

Traditional

Relaxed, Delight-directed

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