The decision to homeschool is not made lightly. Each parent weighs their individual beliefs, looks at the benefits, the pros and cons, and decides their child needs a different educational experience.
Contrary to popular belief, the concept of Christian homeschooling did not gain popularity until 1980. Much has changed for Christian homeschooling families since that time. The face of homeschooling itself has morphed from the traditional “around the kitchen table” learning into a fantastic opportunity for families to learn hands-on and side-by-side.
Most often a family’s religious beliefs are the heart of the decision to homeschool. Recently Christianity seems to be under attack with prohibitions on public practices of faith becoming more commonplace. Many Christian parents are concerned about outside secular influences undermining their cherished core beliefs and values. Children are sponges, soaking up their environment and examining every angle of every situation. To ensure their children are instilled with Godly attributes and ideals, Christian parents are taking charge of their child’s education.
With a multitude of methods and curricula, homeschooling parents can tailor their child’s lessons for maximum retention and develop a true love of learning. At first the choices are daunting, but with study and prayer, parents can wade through the sea of possibilities to discover their personal family education plan.
A brief list of the few more popular methods include:
Charlotte Mason Method
Waldorf Education Method
Classical Education Method
Eclectic Homeschool Method
Below is a very brief description of each method, in order to highlight the many educational choices available to homeschooling parents:
– The Charlotte Mason Method is a more literature-based education philosophy, encouraging children to develop a true “love of learning” in order to lead more fulfilling lives. This method teaches children to discover the world around them.
– The Waldorf Education Method encourages academic excellence through experience. Age-appropriate content is used to develop enthusiasm for learning as the child relates personally to the lessons through various activities.
– Classical Education at home focuses heavily on literature, critical math skills, languages history and more. This is an excellent way for homeschooling parents to ensure their child is maximizing their education.
– Eclectic Homeschooling incorporates a number of styles and methods. This broad spectrum of education can encourage children to focus on their personal interests and goals, choosing their lessons and taking cues from several areas of studies.
– Unit Studies are very popular for families with several children spanning several different learning levels. A simple theme for the lessons is established in order to provide a unified study environment for the family. Under this theme, individually tailored lessons can be arranged for students based on their learning level, while the family learns side-by-side.
– Distance Learning or correspondence learning can be through the mail, online or a combination. Families will choose the school or methodology they feel most comfortable with and subscribe to an established curriculum to be delivered to their home.
– Unschooling is simply that. Unschoolers do not typically use textbooks or rely upon standard education plans. Instead, a child learns from every possible source available. The child is free to learn at their pace, based on their own desires with their own discoveries.
– The Montessori Homeschooling method encourages learning through the five senses. A child experiences education through every way imaginable. Through discovery, children will then concentrate their studies as they are motivated to learn more about their particular interests.
With so many methods and curricula available, homeschooling families can help their children develop a life-long love for knowledge. Christian homeschoolers can rest assured their children are receiving Godly instruction in order to preserve their family’s respected ideals.
Each homeschooling family is unique. Many parents choose to teach their children at home for many different reasons. All homeschooling parents wish to impart a love for learning and an overall development of mind, body, and spirit.