Getting Your Homeschool Year Started Right
- Decide on a Yearly Schedule
- Develop a Routine
- Home Schooling more than 1 child at a time
- Get involved in outside activities-keep balance – don’t over commit
- Join a support group for moral and informational support
Types of Curriculum
- Traditional Textbook/Workbook — this philosophy uses textbooks and workbooks following a specified scope and sequence. (Examples: Abeka, Bob Jones)
- Classical Education – this philosophy uses the Trivium as its basis teaching 1)Grammar Stage (Learn Elements of Lang., memorize, observe) 2)Dialectic Stage (Use facts to draw conclusions, debate and 3) the Rhetoric Stage (using language persuasively) (Example: “The Well-Trained Mind”)
- Unit Study — In this philosophy, all subjects surround or spin from one topic. (Examples: “The Weaver”, “A World of Learning Adventure”, “How to Create A Unit Study”)
- Charlotte Mason/’Whole’ Book Based – Involves children in real life situations exposes them to best sources, read “living” books (or whole books) which make subjects come alive. (Examples: “Educating the Whole-Hearted Child”, “For the Children’s Sake”, “Charlotte Mason Companion”)
- Unschooling — in this philosophy, each child pursues his own interests. Parents provide resources for child to learn on his own and access real world. (Example: “The Joyful Home School”)
- Delayed Academics – In this philosophy, the parent/teacher doesn’t start ‘formal’ education until the child is developmentally ready. (Example: “The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook”)
Learning and Personality Styles
- Type A – Hands on – learns by doing. Short attention spans, do not like restraint, planning or structure.
- Type B – Responsible, likes things structured, planned, organized. Tends to perfectionism.
- Type C – likes to be in control of himself and his surroundings. Self-motivated, but lacks social skills and tends to enjoy solitary activities.
- Type D – Has a warm, responsive personality. Concepts are more interesting to them than details. Sometimes starts with zeal , but easily loses steam once the excitement wears off
(Resources to help with Learning Styles – “Christian Home Education Manual-Elementary Grades”, “Educating the WholeHearted Child”, “The Way They Learn”.)
Teaching Styles/Modes of Learning
- Kinesthetic – Hands on Manipulative style. (example: “Math-U-See”)
- Auditory – Listens well, hears the words – understands
- Visual – Must “see” the concept either in writing or pictures
(The best curricula involve all three of these modes – to help the child remember what he/she has learned)
- Read and research all you can
- Use what you learn to match your child’s learning style to your curriculum and/or your family’s situation (example: unit study works well for several children in different grade levels)
- Look at catalogs that carry curriculum; attend a new or used book fair in your area. Talk to other home school families about their experiences.
- Know that your choice will not be exactly like someone else. That’s OK. Use what will work for your family!!