If you’re new to the homeschooling scene then you’re probably still doing quite a bit of research and still creating your identity as a homeschooling parent and family. I bet that prior to reading this blog post, you even thought all homeschooling families were alike or that there was only one way to do homeschooling; or perhaps you have no idea how homeschooling is done and are just here, reading this blog, seeking some guidance… if this sounds like you then keep reading! In this blog post, we introduce you to the three most commonly discussed methods of homeschooling. After reading this post, I hope you’ll take some time to consider which of these methods might fit best with the lifestyle of your family and your Student-Dreamer.
Lets begin by taking a look at what it means to home school. Homeschooling also known as home education refers to any situation where children are educated at home or at a variety of places other than school. home education is usually conducted by a parent, tutor, or an online teacher. Below are three common ways of homeschooling but you might discover that after reading each, neither of them adequately describes how you and your family intend to home-school your Student/Child(ren)…and that’s okay too. You can mix and match methods or you can create a completely new method, its up to you! Lets take a look at some of the common methods:
“School at Home” is one type of homeschooling where families follow a basic traditional curriculum while instructing students at home. In these cases, parent teachers adhere to the same structure as the traditional school systems, ensuring each student/child meets the same milestones as public schools. Most parents consider this method if they are planning to (re)enroll their child(ren) in public/private schools at some point in the future and want their child to remain on par with traditional school curriculum/milestones.
“Unschooling” (a term coined in 1970 by Educator John Holt) is an informal learning method that advocates learner- chosen activities as a primary means for learning. Unschooling encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves. It is believed that the more personal learning is encouraged, the more meaningful, well understood and therefore useful it is to the child. While courses may occassionally be taken, unschooling questions the usefulness of standard curricula, conventional grading methods, and other features of traditional schooling in the education of each unique child. (resource: wikipedia)
“World Schooling” can be unschooling or it can be homeschooling, it really just depends on what you choose to call it. World Schooling is just another way to describe learning from the world. “It’s when the world is your school instead of school being your whole world” ~ Eli Gerzon. Wherever you are in the world, you as a worldschooling parent are actively seeking out learning opportunities. It could involve visits to sacred spiritual spaces, local museums, historic landmarks, noteworthy restaurants with culturally specific cuisine, or even local playgrounds/areas. World schooling also involves meeting people from every background, faith, nationality, age and race. it involves the Educator/Facilitator doing research and having knowledge and ideas to share with the Student-Dreamers under their care. In some situations, a world schooling family might be traveling the world for several weeks to several months per year while also offering home education to their child(ren).
So, which one best fits your home education teaching style/preference (school at home, unschooler, or world schooler or just homeschooler, in general)?
Just because you’ve decided to home-school your child(ren), it doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own. Dreamers Virtual Learning Academy is now offering online academic support to homeschooling families of preschool and kindergarten aged students (first grade classes coming soon). Learn more by clicking the following links: Meet the Educators, Tuition and Fees, Class Schedule, or Enroll your Student- Dreamer TODAY!