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The Homeschool Diner's Click-O-Matic Guide to Choosing a Homeschool Approach by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006
Parent's Personality (6 questions)
Can you answer "Yes" to these questions?
1. Will you enjoy researching to find just the right resources to teach your child? Are you comfortable pulling together materials from various sources to use as curriculum? Do you enjoy trips to the library?
Some School-at-Home and Distance Learning programs require a great deal of parental involvement, some do not - check with each.
3. Are you uncomfortable with the responsibility of choosing the right curriculum? Do you, perhaps, feel "unqualified" to teach your own child? Would you be relieved to have a brand-new matching set of full curriculum that covers all subjects, and includes daily lesson plans and teacher's guides?
There are also full curriculum suppliers for each of the popular homeschool approaches - check to see which best suits your needs. Keep in mind that you will be more comfortable in the role of teacher after you have taught your child for a while, and you will gain confidence in making curriculum choices once you have seen how your child learns and how he or she responds to the different kinds of assignments. If at all possible, take some time off with your child to discover how he or she learns best before purchasing an entire full curriculum (they are the most expensive option).
4. Would you prefer to have a predictable daily homeschool schedule? Do you wish you had a whole year's worth of daily assignments all planned out for you?
Most of the alternative approaches (those not like traditional school) are very flexible and allow parents to establish their own schedules. Purchased curriculum packages are designed to be completed in a school year, and include a schedule to complete that goal. However, unless you are using a public charter school (a Public e-School), parents are always free to choose whether or not they will follow the curriculum schedule.
6. Are you comfortable with having half-finished projects on the kitchen table and stacks of books and videos around the house?