Obviously, if you’re homeschooled, it means your parents (usually your mom) teach you at home. Right? But wait, there are quite a few ways to go about this. Looking back at my schooling experience, I would like to say I was homeschooled “traditionally,” but there really is no “traditional” way of homeschooling. Let’s take a look at a few of the options:
School-at-home method: From what I’ve read, this method in a nutshell is when parents order one curriculum for their children and follow it religiously. Basically, it duplicates what is done in public schools, except you’re learning at home instead.
Eclectic homeschooling: This one sounds weird; however, it’s just a strange way of describing parents who homeschool their children using different curricula and methods depending on the child’s learning style or the subject being taught. For example, my parents taught my sister and myself with Abeka math, while my brother valiantly conquered Singapore math. This was because we each had a different learning style.
Unschooling: Whenever I hear this one, it makes me nervous, because I’ve seen this method fail miserably. The idea is that children “learn from everyday life experiences and do not use school schedules or formal lessons. Instead, unschooled children follow their interests and learn in the same way as adults do by pursuing an interest or curiosity” (“Different types of homeschooling”). Unfortunately, kids have to be REALLY self-motivated for this one.
There you go. Not all homeschooling is equal. However,this is not an exhaustive list and I want to hear your thoughts. Maybe you disagree about my bias against unschooling. What other kinds of homeschooling are out there?