Next, let's prayerfully consider you as a teacher.
What are the common homeschool teaching approaches from which you can choose?
Which of these best fits you -- and your child? A thoughtful study of these parameters now will help you greatly when you prepare to select curriculum.
What are the common homeschool teaching approaches?
Traditional Textbooks and Workbooks Approach This is probably the approach we all remember from our school years. You would purchase texts and workbooks and follow supplied teacher's guides.
Correspondence Schools Approach You would assign and submit student work as directed by a correspondence school in which your child is enrolled.
Computerized or Satellite Instruction You would assign and monitor instruction provided via purchased computer programs, online programs, or satellite distance learning programs.
Charlotte Mason or Living Books & Life Experiences Approach You would utilize educational tools such as narration, dictation, and copy work while providing lots of high quality literature and life experiences for your child.
Unit Study Approach You would design learning units which would integrate multiple subject areas, all based around a common theme.
Classical Approach You would lead your child through a careful study of history via classical literature, while your child proceeds through three classical learning stages: learning the basics, understanding relationships, and expressing relationships.
Relaxed or Unschooling Approach You would start with the assumption that all children are natural learners and then give your child the resources to do so.
Eclectic Approach You would use a blend of the approaches listed above.
For more information on these different teaching approaches, from from veternal homeschool mom, Ellyn Davis, click here.
Which one sounds like you?
Which one would best fit your child's stage & style of learning?