Monday, June 6, 2011

Linky Monday~ Homeschooling Methods~ Pt. 2

We are continuing our look into different homeschooling methods. Today, we will be looking at Eclectic, Faith Based and Montessori.


Eclectic homeschooling is pretty much as it sounds. Various methods and curricula are used to "build" the ideal homeschooling experience for your family. It can be somewhat labour intensive to create as there can be lots of planning and research but there is the bonus of the freedom to choose exactly how you want to approach your schedule.


Eclectic Blogs

Faith Based

Many families believe that a spiritual foundation is key to a moral education. If this describes your family's philosophy, a multitude of curricula and materials are available for your faith-based homeschool. You may use a traditional curriculum similar to the one taught in public schools, such as the suggestions noted above, and add a study unit based on your family's religious beliefs. Or you may prefer that each subject area of the curriculum incorporates your family's spiritual beliefs.

A science curriculum, for example, may be secular and focus more on an evolutionary theory, while a faith-based science curriculum may incorporate a creationist point of view. These can be important points for families to consider when purchasing curriculum and supplemental books.

Homeschool curriculums and books are available for nearly every religious belief and culture. From Catholic to Islamic, Jewish, Latter-Day Saints, or Native American, you'll be able to find resources to suit your family's homeschool style.


Other Religions



The Montessori Method is used primarily in Montessori Private Schools but can be adapted to fit a homeschooling environment.

Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthoodbased on the observation of children's needs in a variety of cultures all around the world.

Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children's natural learning tendencies as they unfold in "prepared environments" for multi-age groups (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 12-14).

The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative "materials for development" that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.

(via NAMTA)

Homeschooling Information and Curriculum

Montessori Blogs


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