After considering the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling, you’ve decided you want to pursue it. Choosing a homeschool style, or method, is your next step. Many homeschoolers, myself included, start off with the traditional method of homeschooling. The traditional method of homeschooling is essentially school at home. It is what comes to mind for most people when they hear about homeschooling. Since many of us are a product of a traditional education, doing “school at home” comes naturally.
The Traditional Method of Homeschooling
The traditional method of homeschooling is also known as school at home. It closely resembles school in any institutional environment. The traditional method of homeschooling uses daily and weekly schedules that look similar to the local school. Textbooks and teaching methods tend to mirror them, as well.
The traditional method of homeschooling adheres to standard educational and developmental goals for children. School is completed during normal school hours. Schoolwork is completed and graded systematically. Homeschoolers that thrive on structure do well with the traditional method of homeschooling. It provides a basic framework for new homeschoolers.
When to consider the traditional method of homeschooling
- Desire to simulate a traditional classroom
- Prefer a complete curriculum which includes print based materials
- Wants to follow a pre-determined plan with clear objectives
- Desires to follow a clear scope and sequence
- Prefers a structured schedule with set times for subjects and breaks
- Wants to use tests and quizzes to monitor progress
Often referred to as “school at home” most traditional homeschool methods rely on using a full curriculum from one company. Whether textbooks and workbooks, or video streaming, all learning materials are from publisher. Students are “enrolled” and the work must be completed as planned in order to advance to the next grade level.
Since it relies on using a full curriculum from one company, the traditional method of homeschooling can be expensive. Some money can be saved by purchasing curriculum secondhand, but care must be given that the material is covered in the same sequence and is up to date.
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