Last week we explored four educational methods–giving a brief overview of each and providing links for further research.
So many methods exist that we could go on and on (& on!). For today, let’s cover five more and what they look like from a homeschooler’s perspective.
1. The Classical Method
Classical education has its roots in the classic civilizations–much of it is based on ideas with a Roman and Greek foundation.
This type of educational mindset doesn’t necessarily focus on getting the child ready for any particular vocation. Instead its goal is to form and shape the whole inner person, with the belief that doing so prepares a child for any number of jobs in which they can be successful.
The classical method focuses on the Trivium–three distinct stages children work through as they develop. Young children begin with the grammar stage, proceed through the logic/dialectic stage, and graduate to the rhetoric stage close to adulthood.
Key aspects of this philosophy include the importance of reading and discussing classic, living books and the study of classical languages like Latin or Greek.
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer
2. The Literature-Based Method
Photo of my family by Desirea Rodgers
Literature-based homeschooling families use high-quality literature as the backbone of their homeschooling curriculum.
Many of the philosophies we’ve covered address the importance of using living books as a vital part of the educational experience. Serious literature-based schooling advocates take it a step further and try to accomplish as many of their subjects as possible within the outline of a good story, believing this helps a child’s mind assimilate information.
Many companies publish reading lists by grade and age level. Other literature-based publishers organize the entire curriculum for you–making it easy to purchase and have delivered to your door an entire school year’s worth of learning and reading.
3. The Workbox Method
The workbox method contains less of philosophy and more of practicality. It has gained popularity in recent years and many families seem to be finding success with it.
The method uses organization to help children become more independent, make the school day fun, and enable Mom or Dad to manage a house of students.
Each child has their own set of drawers, file folders, or containers. The homeschooling parent fills these with the child’s work for the day–each assignment in a separate drawer.
At the beginning of the school day, the child starts with drawer or container number 1 and completes the assignment. He or she then moves to the container marked #2. Some drawers may be filled with a fun task–like a coloring page or a playtime. If a child has a question, they attach a question symbol to the drawer and continue on to the next until Mom’s help is available.
Photo by whgrad
Many families find that they have fewer interruptions and distractions to their day after beginning this method–resulting in less conflict and more free time after work is completed.
4. The Leadership Education Method
Leadership Education has recently become more widely known as a homeschooling philosophy. Also called Thomas Jefferson Education, it centers around the idea that children learn differently at different stages of life.
Drawing on the work of Jean Piaget and other educational philosophers, three main phases of childhood learning are discussed and implemented: Core, Love of Learning, and Scholar.
Because this is more of a philosophy than an actual method, it’s easy to adapt many of the Leadership Education principles into any curriculum you may use. Our family has benefited greatly since discovering these ideas–they’ve brought great peace to our home.
5. The Eclectic Method
Few homeschooling families fit within the constraints of one method or philosophy–indeed that is one of the strengths of home education. My family has gathered inspiration from Charlotte Mason, Literature-Based, Leadership Education, and Interest-Led Learning.
The beauty truly unfolds as you find and discover what works for you and your children. Don’t be afraid to pick and choose.
Over the coming weeks and months at Simple Homeschool, we’ll take a look at these and other philosophies more in depth. Is there a method you’d like to learn more about? Let me know!
Has your family experimented with any of the methods covered in today’s post? Which ones connect with you as a parent and teacher?