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Styles of Home Education

Home Education doesn’t have to be school at home!

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.
You’ll find lots of information here about the many styles of Home Education.

How to choose?

It’s important not to dive into any particular style when you first start out. Children and parents are used to the spoon fed nature of a school education and suddenly you are found with no rules on how to provide the education. Take a step back, take time to read about your options, and take time to observe what makes your child tick.
Remember, what suits your child this month may evolve into something else as they get older and their needs and interests change. This is normal. And to be expected.


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…

Structured or not?

The question of structure in Home Education is as wide and varied as the families who do it.

There are three that are often referred to – Structured, Semi-Structured, and Unstructured – but there are also different ways of doing things ….

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…

Unschooling/ autonomous learning

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…

Structured/ semi structured learning

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…