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The Only Homeschooling Method You Should Ever Use

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I'm going to share the only homeschooling method you should ever use.

Picture it. You and your children head into the schoolroom at 8am sharp. The children are completely dressed. Everyone stands at attention while you begin your morning with the pledge to the flag and a prayer. Then the children sit down at desks and open their textbooks to begin the morning's lessons. The children work quietly as you move back and forth among them, teaching and helping them understand the day's work. Breaks are taken promptly at 10:30a and then at 12p for lunch. After lunch, school continues back with the textbooks in the schoolroom until 2p.

Ahh, the perfect homeschooling method.

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But wait.

A few of you may be smiling contentedly right now. But the rest of you are shaking your heads in disbelief. "What in the world? This is not the perfect homeschooling method!"

It isn't our homeschooling method either. We straggle into a group around 9:30a, lounging around in the living room, some of us still in our pjs. We read devotions together, and then everyone tries to find breakfast and get ready for the day. By 10a we're headed toward the schoolroom. I'm reading aloud while the kids are laying on the floor or drawing. If it's a good day, they're all dressed. In actual clothes. Other days we've been known to have on pjs or dress up clothes.

Ahh, it's the perfect homeschooling method for us.

The perfect homeschooling method is the one that works for your family.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to share information about some of the most well-known homeschooling methods. If you're a new homeschooler, maybe this will help you to find a method that will work well for your family. If you've been homeschooling for a while but feel as if you need a change, perhaps this will give you some ideas of other methods to try. When you're trying to decide which homeschooling method is right for you family, there are a few things to consider.


What are your children's learning styles?

Knowing how your children learn best is the key to finding the perfect homeschooling method. Do you children learn best in a structured approach? Do they work well with hands-on activities? Do they like using workbooks? Do they love reading? Knowing how each of your children learn best can help you choose a method that works. (If your children have different learning styles, it's okay to blend a variety of methods.)

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias is my favorite book about learning styles.

What is your teaching style?

As important as it is to know how your children learn best, it's also important to know how you teach best. Can you explain things well? Do you like to read material out loud? Can you draw out visuals that will help your kids learn? Can you teach better with a step-by-step guide or do you like to wing it? It's important to use a homeschool method that is going to be workable for you and not overwhelming.

What is your budget?

Some homeschooling methods are more cost-effective than others. If you are going to order a boxed set of materials for the school year, that's probably much more expensive than using unit studies that you create as your main curriculum. Video classes and online learning can be pricey, but reading living books as your primary homeschooling method may cost less- especially if you have a good library. When you're choosing your homeschooling method, think about how much you realistically have to spend.

Choosing a homeschooling method


Although no two homeschooling families are totally alike, there are six main homeschooling methods that I'm going to dip into over the next couple of weeks.


What is your homeschooling method? Do you use a variety of methods? I'd love to hear how you are homeschooling.

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