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"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind."


HOMESCHOOL VICTORIA (Trip to The University of Texas' Open House in Austin, Texas)

Methods and Philosophies: 
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Many families would say that they use a combination of approaches in their homes and that they don't adhere to one method.

Traditional Back to top of page

This is how most of us were taught.  We tend to teach the way we were taught.

Typical Course of Study (curriculum)

A Beka Books, Inc

Classical Education - Back to top of page

As opposed to modern education, the Classical approach emphasizes learning logic and reasoning, reading classical literature, and  learning classical languages (Greek and Latin)  

Teaching the Trivium

The Well Trained Mind

Classical Christian Homeschooling

“Is not the great defect of our education today...that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils subjects, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.” Dorothy Sayers

Delayed Academics - Back to top of page

”Better Late Than Early” and “School Can Wait” authors argue that formal instruction should be delayed until the child is developmentally ready. 

The Moore Foundation—individualized curricula based on your child’s interests and developmental stage

The Moore Formula emphasizes volunteer work and entrepreneurship along with limited and delayed formal academics.

“The best early “academics” are your responses to your children—giving yourself to them in warm fellowship, conversation, travel; reading and telling stories...encouraging them to develop their own creative ideas in the sand pile, with kitchen dough, with a telescope, in a diary, with tools in the garage or garden.” Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore

Eclectic - Back to top of page 

Using a combination of approaches, methods, or resources that best fits your child’s interests, development, and learning style.

Eclectic Homeschool Online A Creative Homeschool Community

Eclectic Homeschooling on the Web

Montessori - Back to top of page

The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”  Maria Montessori

Montessori Materials

Montessori Services—Montessori Materials

Montessori N Such

A Charlotte Mason Approach to Education - Back to top of page

“Nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas...which may bear fruit in his life.”  Charlotte Mason

“Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life” Charlotte Mason

The ABC’s of Charlotte Mason

Heart of Wisdom Publishing

Penny Gardner’s (Charlotte Mason) Web Site

Rushton Family Ministries

Unschooling -
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”Child-led, interest-driven, delight-directed, eclectic, lifestyle of learning,  natural learning”

Is Unschooling Legal? by Holly Furgason.

A Conversation with John Holt

What is Unschooling?

Unschooling—Delight-driven Learning

Alphabet Soup - "Learning happens all the time and doesn't have to look like school.  It can look like play or even lunch!"  (Rebecca A.)

“What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out.” John Holt in “Teach Your Own”

"There is a difference between school and learning.  Focus on the learning and have fun using the world and life as your classroom."  ;)


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