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Home Ed Styles

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. There are three styles that are often referred to – Structured, Semi-Structured, and Unstructured – but there are also different ways of doing things within each of those styles, and different levels of each. The reality is that, when Home Educating, each family can determine what works best for them, either by thought and discussion, or often just trial and error.

Some people take a fully structured approach, with timetables, textbooks and even lunch breaks and playtime … much as you would find

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Deschooling

Deschooling is not so much a method or philosophy of Home Education as a transition period from school education 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, and for the parents to take the time to try out different methods and styles of read more….

Methods of Study

There is lots of discussion about the style of education used, but often not as much about the content itself, the resources used and the way in which it is delivered. There is a huge variety of methods in which the education can be presented and followed. We’ll cover the main ones here

Unschooling/ Autonomous learning

Talking about Unschooling often opens up a very large can of rather ugly worms! It is probably the most controversial method of education around today.

When you talk of Unschooling people immediately make assumptions based on the information they have been given by articles in the mainstream media. They will think that your children do nothing all day, have no rules, run wild, are rude and inconsiderate, dirty, feral, and will grow up without even the most basic skills…as a Radical Unschooler myself, I’ve heard them all and more besides. (I’ll come to Radical/Whole Life Unschooling in a minute.) In almost all cases, the complete opposite is true. read more…

Structured, and Semi-Structured. 

Some families find that a structured or semi-structured approach works best for their family’s lifestyle. They may set out this way right from the beginning of Home Education, or they may try out a number of other ways first before coming to it. They may start out that way, drift away to a less structured style, but eventually come back to it as it was the most successful for them.

There are many reasons a family may choose to include more structure in their day than read more….

 

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