There are many ways to cook an egg, earn a living, tell a story, and teach a child. When it comes to homeschooling,
styles range from strict adherence to tra-
ditional teaching to complete freedom
for the student to follow his or her inter-
ests and everything in between. Whether
you’re new to homeschooling, looking
for a different approach, or a seasoned
schooler, exploring the ways in which
the estimated two million homeschool-
ers learn can help you refine your own
technique and open your eyes to other
schools of thought. Consider these com-
mon homeschooling methods and where
you might fit in.
Based on the Latin trivium—grammar,
Charlotte Mason Method
logic, and rhetoric—this method of learn-
ing was introduced to homeschoolers
and built around the study of history.
This method stresses memorization,
reading, and writing.
In the 1800s, Mason advised parents to
teach their children at home using living
books, not textbooks, and drew heavily
on nature. By living books, she meant
narrative books or stories by an author
who has a passion for his or her topic.
by Abby Meendering
Exploring the ways in which the estimated two million
homeschoolers learn can help you refine your own technique.
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