Are you picking curriculum for the upcoming year? Are you wondering what are my homeschooling options? The next couple of months can be daunting and exhilarating for homeschooling parents. A lot of questions arise, such as
- What are my homeschooling options?
- What curriculum should I buy if my child has a learning disability?
- What curriculum to buy?
- Where should I buy curriculum?
- Should my child take an online course?
- I have a strict budget, how am I going to afford all the curriculum.
These are just a few questions I get asked. I will be writing a whole series on “How To Pick The Right Curriculum For Next Year”. I will tackle each one of these questions in detail in future posts. Let’s tackle the first question,
What are my homeschooling Options?
With thousands of different types of curriculum out there, it can get overwhelming to pick just one. The great thing about homeschooling is you do not need to pick just one. First, I would decide what method you would like to use in your homeschooling.
- Traditional: The traditional approach looks a lot like how we learned attending Public Schools. You typically buy curriculum where your child is reading a section and then filling out the follow-up questions. You do not have to stick with one publisher. You have free will to pick which curriculum to buy.
- Classical Conversations: In Classical Conversations, they focus on three main areas. They focus on Grammar, Dialectics, and Rhetoric. Once a student completes grammar, they move onto Dialectics, and then onto Rhetoric. They are also Christian based and focus on God. Often you are involved in a parent-lead Co-Op.
- Charlotte Mason: The Charlotte Mason approach believes children learn all day long. Charlotte Mason believed in hands-on learning. She also encouraged parents and children to learn through reading “Living Books”. A Living Book is a book based on the true account of a person or event. For example, the book Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express is about Buffalo Bill’s journey on the Pony Express. She believed we can learn from reading books
- Unit Studies: In this approach, you would first find a topic you would like to study and then find a Unit Study that fits your topic. In an Unit Study, you study science, history, art, music, writing, and english together. For example, if you want to study space, you may study how space was made, the science behind it, drawing of planets, handwriting terms of space, and writing something you have learned.
- Montessori: The Montessori approach is self-lead, encourages creativity, and uses hands-on learning.
- Unschooling: Unschooling is a little less popular because it believes in “Child lead learning”. The child is often in charge of the school day. There is no curriculum. It strictly focuses on following curiosity.
- Online: Many homeschoolers choose to spend part or all of their schooling time participating in online classes. Luckily, this market is growing quickly and new classes are opening up each year. A couple of the big homeschooling publishers offer online classes. There are also homeschooling schools popping up giving you even more to choose from.
The best thing about homeschooling is…
there is no “right way” to homeschool. You have the freedom to pick which homeschooling approach will fit your family and especially your children. I am an Eclectic homeschooler.
I like to use a variety of these methods in my school. Most of the time I use the Traditional platform to teach from, but I also believe kids learn through seeing, hearing, and touching things.
Learning Outside of the home
Anytime I get an opportunity to go to a Museum to learn, we take it. My kids have learned a tremendous amount by traveling and experiencing things in real life. I like to incorporate curriculum that is multi-sensory. Living Books are also helpful grasping what other communities have gone through. We to read, then color, and finally write.
I encourage my children to use their imaginations and if there is something they want to learn about, I make sure we fit that into our homeschooling day. This is one reason I love homeschooling! I love learning right next to my kids. I like to encourage their curiosity.
I also have one child who has a learning disability and another child who has had her fair share of struggles in school. I will tackle that in my next blog post entitled “What If I Have A Child With A Learning Disability?”
What homeschooling option fits your family? Leave a comment below. I would love hear what method you prefer!