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The Homeschool Diner's
Homeschooler's Guide to the Galaxy

Guide to Homeschooling Approaches
and Curriculum (and Everything)

By Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

A listing and brief description of various homeschooling approaches, popular methods, and
philosophies and a review of the different types of instructional materials that are available in the US.  


Under Popular Methods and Philosophies, below, you'll find a listing of the most popular ways
parents go about homeschooling.  Each approach is given a brief description, and you will find links to
additional books and websites so you will be able to research the methods you think you and your child
might enjoy.  Under each approach you will find curriculum options, brief reviews of some popular
commercial products, free online resources, and a listing of important  websites and  books.

Homeschool approaches are also grouped and presented according to the main types of learning
materials they use.  Some approaches and curriculum fit in more than one section, if so, they are listed
in each.
Under
Types of Instructional Materials, below, you will find descriptions of the main types of
materials available to you, along with discussions of the kinds of students that may find them useful.  
Several popular resources are reviewed for each media.


Guide to Homeschooling Approaches:

Popular Methods and Philosophies:

Unit Studies
Charlotte Mason
Classical Education
Delayed Instruction
Eclectic Homeschooling
Montessori Homeschooling
Waldorf Homeschooling
Enki Homeschooling
The Moore Formula
Thomas Jefferson Education
Holistic and Alternative Homeschooling
Unschooling / Self-Directed Learning
Independent Research / Self-Directed Learning
School-at-Home / Public e-School
Distance Learning as an Umbrella/Cover School
Distance Learning for Gifted Enrichment
Cyber Schools / Online Academies


Types of Instructional Materials:

Learning thru Literature
Workbooks and Worktexts
Textbooks
Hands-On Learning
Educational Games
Audio and Visual Materials
Computer-Based Learning


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If a child can't learn
the way we teach,
maybe we should teach
the way they learn.
-- Ignacio Estrada


Much education today is
monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving
young people cut flowers
when we should be
teaching them
to grow their own plants.
--John Gardner


What is most important
and valuable about the home
as a base for children's
growth into the world
is not that it is a better school
than the schools,

but that it isn't a school at all.
-- John Holt


No use to shout at them
to pay attention.
If the situations, the materials,
the problems before the child
do not interest him,
his attention will slip off
to what does interest him,
and no amount of exhortation
of threats will bring it back.
-- John Holt