How do you define homeschooling?

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?


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3 Responses to How do you define homeschooling?

  1. meaganlinn says:

    There are also many home school co-op type things where students can take a class or two or play sports with a team, so homeschooling can have that element of blended learning. I love reading your reflecting on your education. It’s always fun to look back and think things through later on.

  2. Chad Jacob says:

    Unschooling would technically be the traditional form of homeschooling seems how that is what many of our founders, early presidents, and most children on homesteads received for an education. Those in cities would take on apprenticeships (pursuing their interests) and receive an all-encompassing education in certain fields.

    Back then kids had a much stronger desire to learn, nowadays for such a practice to work successfully it would indeed require intensely self-motivated kids to succeed. *For the right student* this so-called “Unschooling” has, by far, the most potential as it allows the freedom to engage yourself 100% into a certain field without wasting your time and energy on irrelevant studies and or social activities that public schools are so hard on. Unschooling is best started after a basic general education is established I would say. Every mind needs a solid foundation to build on as necessary.

  3. thebeadingpost says:

    I really liked hearing about how to categorize homeschooling through the eyes of a homeschooler. While for those that did a traditional method of school, homeschooling is homeschooling, no distinct categories. It is interesting to hear the different formats. I too cringe whenever I hear about “unschooling.” Everything I’ve read sounds horrible. Have you heard of any good experiences unschooling?

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