Category Archives: Teaching Methods

What’s Your Teaching Style? (And Why It Matters)

If you’ve been a homeschooler for any length of time, or even have been just thinking about homeschooling, you’ve probably heard how important it is to know what your child’s “learning style” is.  And I agree it can be very helpful.  If you’re looking for information on learning styles I recommend you check out Cathy…




How to Home-School: Eclectic Method

  This is my sixth and final post on “Teaching Methods.” The eclectic method of home-schooling may seem self-explanatory, but I think it’s worth taking a look at since the vast majority of home-schoolers are using this method.  While I have no hard data to support that statement, my experience of knowing home-schoolers for over twenty years…




How to Home School: Unschooling

  This post is the fifth in a six-part series on “Teaching Methods.” My first exposure to the concept of unschooling was through a book (that I didn’t read but was familiar with) that detailed the story of the Colfax family.  David and Micki Colfax “unschooled” their four sons in the ’70’s and ’80’s, three…




How to Home-School: Charlotte Mason Method

This post is the fourth in a six-part series on “Teaching Methods.” Charlotte Mason (January 1, 1842 – January 16, 1923) was a British educator who believed that children learned better through exposure to real books, nature, and life.  She eschewed textbooks in favor of great literature; her students spent a large portion of their time…




How to Home-School: Unit Studies

This post is the third in a six-part series on “Teaching Methods.” Unit studies is a teaching method that has two particular advantages: It allows you to cover a number of different subjects while focusing on a particular topic, and It allows you to teach those subjects over a broad range of ages and/or grades. …




How to Home-School: Classical Education

This post is the second in a six-part series on “Teaching Methods.” As I discussed in my post: “Getting Started in Home-Schooling: Part III”  the classical method is based around a revival of Greek and Roman learning where the emphasis is on three elements: grammar, logic and rhetoric – called the “Trivium.”  The classical method is language-focused and…




How to Home-School: Traditional Methods

This is the first post of a six-part series on “Teaching Methods.” When we think of traditional methods of home-schooling, we are generally talking about the textbooks and workbooks that we all grew up with.  There would be a textbook for each subject, maybe workbooks for reading comprehension or to work on specific math topics….