Home School Program

What you need to know to select the method that's right for your home

One of the most fascinating and exciting aspects of home schooling is the wide range of teaching methods that are used by parents. For parents who have yet to decide which philosophy is best suited to their own unique situation, it can also be a very daunting decision to make.

The best advice that can be given to parents who are new to home schooling (or to parents who already home school, but who are looking to broaden their horizons) is to evaluate each method with an open mind. Each different home schooling philosophy has its own merits and drawbacks.

When choosing a method, make sure you have a deep understanding of the values you want to pass on to your child. For many families, this means emphasizing religion or spirituality in their home schooling. It's also important to consider any special characteristics your child may have, such as a special need. Finally, you can't forget to think about your own skills, schedule and personality. Home schooling is rewarding, but it's also hard work. It's important to pick a method that'll mesh with how you want to live your life.

Some of the most common methods include:

A common theme among these philosophies is that it's a mistake for parents to try to recreate a traditional school setting in the home. Many parents argue that it's important to have a special place designated for learning, but that there's no need to mimic the conventions of a typical classroom (a blackboard, teacher's desk, etc.).

Despite the fact that there are some diehard home school parents who believe that their own philosophy should be adopted by everyone, the truth is that there's no one-size-fits-all method of home schooling. Every family is different and what works in one household may be disastrous in another. Flexibility is the key and you may find that elements of different methods work better for different children or different subjects.