There are as many ways to educate home schooled children, as
there are homeschooled children.
The best way to decide what will work for you and your family
is to learn about the various options.
The primary objective is to provide a good education while causing
the least amount of stress for yourself and your child(ren).
From a completely unstructured and unplanned format such as Unschooling
to the numerous formal accredited programs available, your choices
are wide open.
There are 7 different learning styles and finding a program -
or creating one - that teaches your child using his or her predominent
learning style will make things vastly easier for both of you.
If you have more than one child, sometimes what worked well for
one is not at all what is best for another. Keep that in mind
when choosing, especially if you are constrained by a budget.
To Media or Not to Media
Many families have a strong opinion about whether they will,
or will not, use television and computers for educational purposes.
In my home we use both. As an Industrial Engineer I was trained
to work with computers professionally and have always loved learning
by watching documentaries and other forms of multimedia. We take
full advantage of those interests in our homeschool education.
Other families are adament about no television or computers.
The choice is yours. There is no right answer or wrong answer
- only what works for you and your family and what doesn't.
Popular Homeschool Curricula:
- Laurel Springs
- Oak Meadow
- The Keystone School
Religion in Education
Some families choose to home school because they want their faith
to be represented in their child's education. There are many choices
for predesigned curriculum that are faith-based.
Some popular bible-based curricula include:
- A Beka Book
- Alpha Omega
Personally I don't use any of the above. I prefer to pick and
choose the educational materials for each subject. I do extensive
searches online, visiting Amazon and numerous book publishers
while making my choices. I also use the following 2 resources
and I take full advantage of the Homeschool Buyer Co-op's great
Great Places to Find Additional Curriculum Ideas
http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/ - Homeschool
Buyers Co-Op. A GREAT resource and a great way to save
tons of money on homeschool programs. I make purchases through
the co-op all the time. I also learn about many great resources
by being a member of the buyers co-op.
- Homeschool Free Stuff. This is a free newsletter
full of interesting information and lots of free stuff.
Visit the Home School
Resouces page for numerous suggestions about books,
videos, websites, and more that will benefit you as you educate