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Homeschooling Methodsfrom: Maxx Family Life
When it comes to homeschooling a lot of people picutre in their mind two or three children sitting at the kitchen table writing feverishly in their workbooks, with mom or dad standing nearby. This picture isn't entirely accurate but it's certainly the most common view. There are several different methods of homeschooling, and the method you decide on will determine the curriculum and your style of teaching. Here's a quick summary of the most influential and popular homeschooling methods.
The Charlotte Mason method:
Charlotte Mason is considered the founder of the homeschooling movement. Since she was a homeschooler herself, she became passionate to lay down the foundations of an effective and complete homeschooling program that is both fun and educational at the same time. Her method focuses on all the core subjects with an emphasis on classical literature, poetry, fine arts, classical music and craft. Mason system uses a variety of books from classical literature, which she calls 'Living Books'. The Mason method encourages a passionate awareness of literature by having the child read to daily from the 'Living Books' and then, having the child narrate what she's heard.
This process starts at the age of six, and by ten the child is expected to write her narrations in her book. Mason also recommends using 'Nature Diaries'. After each short and interesting lesson, the child is asked spend some time in Nature and draw observations from Nature. The child therefore also gains a sense of respect for her environment. Mason believed that development of good character and behavior was essential to the complete development of the child's personality.
The Eclectic Homeschooling:
This is a mixture of various homeschooling techniques that encourages innovative parents to trust their own judgment and pick out topics they feel will provide the best curriculum for their child. These parents must continuously look out for the best products that meet the needs of their homeschoolers. Most Eclectic homeschooling curriculums are improvised which means the basic curriculum is ready-made. Parents can then adjust the curriculum to accommodate the individual needs and interests of their children. The child's natural abilities, temperament, learning style and interests determine the curriculum. With Eclectic programs, viits to the museum, libraries, factories play an important role in the child's learning.
A Boston public educator named John Holt laid down the beginnings of the unschooling method. He believed that children learned best and more effectively when they have the freedom to learn at their own pace and guided by their own interests. His message was to 'unschool' the child, which is a hands-on approach to learning, where the parent takes definite cues from the children. There is no definite curriculum, schedules or materials, making this method the most unstructured of all the various homeschooling techniques.
The Montessori Method:
This method started in Italy, where it was observed that children have acute sensitive periods, during which they undergo periods of intense concentration. During these phases, a child will repeat an activity utill he/she gains a measure of self-satisfaction. The Montessori method depends on a prepared environment to facilitate learning. All the materials used in this method are designed to satisfy the inner desire for spiritual development of the child and progress from simple to complex, and are rather expensive.
These are just a few of the most popular homeschooling methods. Regardless of the method, the underlying factor is flexibility and a keen interest in the desires of the child. Once of the secrets is to use the child's desire for knowledge to further his/her education.
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