Home Educating styles
Home Education is a wide and varied method for educating children. At first the range of possibilities can seem a bit daunting, but it is precisely this range that makes Home Education so suitable for many children.
We believe that ‘Home Ed Styles’ can be looked at in two ways …the physical way you structure your day and the method or philosophy you use to ‘fill’ that time.
The physical structure of Home Ed
The question of structure in Home Education is as wide and varied as the families who do it. Some people try categorise into Structured, Semi Structured and Unstructured but that can often end up making people feel they have to try ‘fit into’ one of those groups. The reality is that, when Home Educating, each family can determine, either by thought and discussion, or often just trial and error, what works best for them more….
Unschooling/ Autonomous learning
Unschooling is perhaps one of the most ‘radical’ and talked about method of Home Educating. The views of the press and the general public vary greatly depending on their motivation of reporting/discussing the subject.
Perhaps it is best to start with what Unschooling isn’t …it isn’t just leaving your children to just ‘get on with it’. Many articles have been written with an emphasis on how Unschoolers have no rules for their children, and the conclusion tends to be that this will lead to children running wild and learning nothing more…
A classical education is one based in the traditions of western culture. This system is the origin of many of the terms used in modern education, which can be confusing as their meanings have changed over time more…
Deschooling is not so much a ‘method or philosphy’ of Home Education as a precursor to Home Education, almost always used for children who have recently left a formal school environment.
It is time for the child to adjust to learning without the rigidity and formality of the school system …so for this reason is more often used by those parents who are planning to adopt a less structured approach to Home Education than those who are intending to implement a full ‘school at home’ type system more….
School at home
Some Home Educators choose to effectively recreate school at home. In this method all a child studies are planned out for them, in much the same way a teacher plans lessons for the class in a formal school setting. Some parents choose to do all the planning themselves, using a variety of resources sourced from various places …things such as textbooks and worksheets which can be bought from both real world and online shops or, in the case of worksheets, often downloaded from websites more….
Many places offer distance learning courses that can be used by Home schooling families.
Whilst most of the courses are aimed at older children ( 11 plus) Home Educated children are not restricted in the same way those in formal schooling in terms of timing for taking courses and/or exams in subject more….
Unit Studies is a method of Home Education where a ‘topic’ is chosen for a specified time period (a month, a term etc.) and all the ‘subjects’ are taught under the umbrella of that topic.
For example, if the topic was Romans maths could encompass different number system such as Roman Numerals or geometry looking at more….