I have wanted to find some sort of label to place on us, unschoolers, classical, Montessori, what ever! I just can not seem to fit into any of them fully. While I wish we could, I just know the second I try to push to fit one style, it will backfire. So for now, I have the, you do you, I’ll do me, mentality. BUT if you must know where we fit here is a little ‘description’ of just that!
“Relaxed” or “Eclectic” Homeschooling
This method is used by most, in a nut shell it means to use a little of this a little of that. Using workbooks for reading writing and math, and maybe unschooling for the rest.
- THIS method of eclectic fits us the best out of all. But here are a few others that match us too.
This is known many times as natural, or interest led. Unschoolers learn from every day life. They do not use schedules or formal lessons. They learn from things the child is interested in.
- This method matches us when it comes to pieces of our educational journey. Example, Last spring The Professor was OBSESSED with ‘cherry pickers’ we literally checked out every library book, watched tons of YouTube videos, played games, stopped at a local company and learned about them in person. I used Cherry Pickers to write story problems for math, we wrote sentences about them for spelling and writing practice. We even made a ‘model’ out of clay. It was so much fun learning together this way! HOWEVER I could never keep up doing that 100% of the time!! While the name ‘unschooling’ seems easy. IT IS NOT. It puts a lot of work on the parents! MUCH more than I expected!
Montessori style keeps the emphasis on children learning at their own pace, and in that they develop to their full potential. Montessori schoolers focus on ‘beauty’, always keeping things neat and organized always ready to use. Wooden tools are commonly used. Montessori style schoolers discourage screen time for children. But is used with the older kids.
- We fit this only because I have a thing for keeping things neat and tidy, as seen in my before and after post. Everyone in our family seems to get overwhelmed by clutter, and disorganization.
The Charlotte Mason Method
The Charlotte Mason method believes that all children deserve to be respected and they learn best from real-life situations. This method gives children time to play and create so they can be involved in real life to learn. Students who learn in this method take nature walks, visit museums, learn from ‘living books’. Students show what they know not by taking tests but by discussions.
- We fit this because for now, we do not do actual ‘tests’. When I sit with my kids in ‘test’ mode it’s simply talking, mostly me listening to their knowledge about topics. We also really enjoy nature walks, and museums!
The ‘classical’ method is where young children are taught basic reading writing math skills, followed by grammar. Finally then dialect, where students research and study.
- This fits simply because we teach our kids the basics while they are young.
There you have it! – Our schooling style – in a nut shell! No matter what style you fit into, really all that matters is that it works for you and your children!
What is your style? Do you fit in just one or are you all over the place like us?!?!
Leave your styles in the comments below, let’s get the conversations started!