When I talk to new homeschoolers, I often get questions about homeschooling methods. It’s a big topic when you first start researching homeschooling and it can be confusing. You’ll find people who staunchly stick to one particular method without wavering. They will swear that there is only one right way. That can be intimidating to someone who is just starting to homeschool!
Let me reassure you, a homeschooling method might serve as a guiding principle in your teaching and curriculum choices, but it will not make or break your homeschool efforts.
Your children can have a rich and rewarding educational experience no matter what method you finally choose. Or even if you change methods from time to time. Or — gasp! — don’t stick to one method at all.
In order to clear up some of the myths and legends of homeschooling methods and help new homeschool families decipher the nitty gritty need-to-know facts about them, I’ve written an ebook on the topic. Quick Start Guide to Homeschooling Methods is a concise look at ten of the current most popular homeschooling methods.
The homeschooling methods covered in the book include:
*The Charlotte Mason Method of Homeschooling
*The Classical Method of Homeschooling
*The Montessori Method of Homeschooling
*The Delight-Directed Method of Homeschooling
*The Unschooling Method
*The Eclectic Method of Homeschooling
*The Waldorf Method of Homeschooling
*The Distance Learning Method of Homeschooling
*The Workbox Method of Homeschooling
*The Boxed Curriculum Method of Homeschooling
If you need help cutting through the overwhelm and gaining some clarity on your homeschooling choices, this book is a great springboard. I wrote it to help new homeschool families get through the information overload that’s so common when you begin researching. It can also help families who have been homeschooling for a while, but might want to make a change in their approach.
Keep in mind, this book isn’t meant to be the final authority and dissection of all educational methods. You don’t want one more thing to add to your list of things to figure out when you’re first getting started! You want someone to help you sort through the details and make sense of them.
I designed the book to be exactly what the title suggests — a quick start guide for those who want an overview of the major principles, benefits, and drawbacks of each homeschooling method. It is an introduction to help homeschool families easily decide whether they want to pursue further information on a method or move on to the next option. It’s like getting a mini self-paced homeschool consulting session!
In addition to the ebook, I’ve also gathered a resource guide to more in-depth information on each homeschooling method. This is best when you have already narrowed down your choices and really want to delve into the details. You can find that free resource guide here: Homeschool Methods Resource Guide.
You can purchase the downloadable ebook Quick Start Guide to Homeschooling Methods through my site here, or through May 14, 2018, it’s available as part of the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale. It’s included in the Homeschool Helps Bundle #1, which also has the following products at a savings of 93% off:
Valued at $259.83, you get all of this for just $19!
Author/Publisher: Techie Homeschool Mom
Do your kids want to do more digital projects? Would you like to help your child learn how to create wonderful projects digitally? This online course is full of video tutorials for creating projects that fit with any lesson plan. In Techie Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Digital Student Projects, you will learn:
- the importance of encouraging your homeschoolers to create digital projects
- techie alternatives to traditional student projects
- what online tools are available for creating digital projects
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Questions –$12.00
Author/Publisher:Living Life and Learning
How do you know if you’re doing the right thing?Can you really do this homeschooling thing you’ve been reading about?Is it the right thing for your family?Are you overwhelmed with all the homeschool curriculum out there?Get all of these homeschooling questions answered and more in The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Questions,to set you on the path to success.
Educational Charts, Graphs, and Templates –$8.00
Author/Publisher: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
This printable eBook is filled with over 80 pages of charts, graphs and templates that can be used to supplement education and save moms time! Feel free to make as many copies as you need of each page from this book. Or put them in a page protector so they can be used over and over again, saving both time and money! Some of the items included are:
- Blank Order of Events Chart
- Blank Venn Diagrams
- Blank Scientific Method Chart
- Multiplication Chart
- Blank Biography Book Report Form
- State Study Template
- Spelling Words Chart and Blank Template
- Recipe Cards
- Blank Daily Bible Reading Form
- Color Wheel Template
- And MUCH MORE!
Intro to Worldschooling –See It In Action! –$24.95
Author/Publisher: WorldSchool Academy
Are you wondering what exactly is “worldschooling”, and what does it look like in action? Discover the philosophy behind world schooling. Travel and learn with us as we wander Europe as a family of nine! Enjoy 32 videos, spanning 8+ countries as we visit cities and ruins, beaches and volcanoes on this amazing continent. Discover the lessons we learn from history, cultures and people, and see if worldschooling is right for you, even from home! In this course, we will:
- Learn about WWII in an abandoned French city that was massacred by the Nazis
- Discover the importance of “building a firm foundation” at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Explore the Roman Forum and Colosseum in Rome
- Road trip through multiple countries in just a few hours!
- Learn tough lessons about gratitude from a beggar in Marseilles, France
- And so much more!
5 Days To Your Best Homeschool Years Course –$77.00
5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Years is a self-paced coaching course that will encourage and equip you for a much smoother and joyful homeschool journey. WHAT WILL 5 DAYS TO YOUR BEST HOMESCHOOL YEARS ECOURSE DO FOR YOU?
- Set Yourself and Your Kids Up for Homeschool Success
- Create A Successful Homeschool Blueprint
- Set Goals & Develop a Greater Vision for Your Homeschool
- How to Homeschool Successfully on a Tiny Budget
- Identify Your Kids Learning Style
- Create a Homeschool Routine that Really Works
- And MUCH more!
Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom Online Conference –$34.95
Author/Publisher: Young Wife’s Guide
Are you looking for a little encouragement in your daily life as a homeschool mom? Welcome to the Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom online conference! If you are looking for a little encouragement, practical advice, and the motivation to get back on track in your homeschooling, then this conference is for you!Be inspired, renewed, and refreshed by 12 encouraging and insightful sessions delivered by parents who know how challenging homeschooling can be. Sessions include:
- Encouragement for the Weary Mom
- Practical Solutions: Teaching Toddlers to Teens
- Parenting Preteens
- Homeschooling a Houseful
- AND MUCH MORE!
Digital Homeschool Convention 2017 Video Files –$30.00
Author/Publisher: Digital Homeschool Convention
Have you ever had that little voice in the back of your head that tells you, you aren’t good enough to homeschool? The voice that says you are getting it all wrong and your children are suffering because of it? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. We’ve all had that little voice pop into our head’s at one time or another.What if you had the secret to changing the way your children look at learning? Try watching our sessions on delight directed learning! Do you need help with math, or language arts? We have sessions for those too! At the Digital Homeschool Convention, we have over 20 videos of encouragement including a video on silencing that little voice and more!
Printable Homeschool Records Organizer Box –$14.00
Author/Publisher: Quinn & Quinn Co.
This printable Organizer Box provides the Homeschool Parent a different way to hold all their organizing details. This is a printable box to put together and set up for your homeschool.Make a new box year after year by printing dividers and organizer cards and set them up in the Homeschool Organizer Box. Keep the Homeschool Organizer Box on your desk or another easily accessible place.What’s Included:
- Annual Attendance Cards
- Curriculum Cards
- Monthly & Daily Schedule
- Monthly & Annual Goals
- Monthly Calendar
- Weekly Schedule
- AND MUCH MORE!
Weekly Homeschool Planner –$10.00
Author/Publisher: Homeschool Creations
This weekly homeschool planner is an undated, printable PDF you can use from year-to-year to organize organize your school days and record your daily learning.The over 150 color pages gives plenty of room for both weekly and a month-at-a-glance overview. Lined planning space feature ten subject areas as well as two layouts (Monday-Friday and one blank for your own schedule). Additional planning pages include:
- Homeschool vision
- Yearly requirements
- Curriculum planning
- Daily schedules
- And More!
Each planner includes a link to a bonus download page where you can find additional pages to add to your planner: curriculum wish list, field trip planning, goals for children, names/addresses, notes, unit planning, yearly attendance, and editable monthly and weekly pages.
Uncomplicated Homeschool Planner –$9.95
Author/Publisher: Hip Homeschooling
A simple, full-sized homeschool planner that is black and white, undated and reusable! This planner has been well thought out to include everything you might need and can be customized to suit your family.It includes:
- Homeschool quotes collection
- Password tracker
- Cleaning routine
- Family chores
- Curriculum planner
- Unit study planner
- Field trip ideas
- Grade records
- BONUS: Weekly meal planning to be photocopied
- AND MUCH MORE!
Encouragement for Homeschool Moms –$4.99
Author/Publisher: Building Tomorrow’s Generation with Marcia Washburn
Feeling discouraged as you face another school year?Lift your spirits and renew your courage with these faith-building stories and encouragement for “those” days we all have sometimes found in Encouragement for Homeschool Moms. Encouragement for Homeschool Moms includes:
- The Ideal Homeschool Mother
- God Knows Who You Are
- Homeschooling through Difficult Times
- Special Days
- Caring for His Temple
- In His Image: Creativity for Worldview: Christians
- Keep on Walkin’
- Just Pedal
Getting all of these amazing resources for just $19 is really an unbeatable deal. There are tons of other great deals in the Build Your Bundle sale — from homeschool helps to full curriculum to lapbooks to resources for all ages from preschool through high school. I hope you can take some time to look them over and find something ideal for your homeschool!
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