Approaches to Homeschooling

Below are links to all the posts in my “Approaches to Homeschooling” series. The basic idea behind this series is that one’s philosophy of education matters. Hopefully, these posts will help you figure out what yours is so you can make more informed decisions when selecting curricula (or lack thereof).

Tools to help you determine your style:

Quiz: Find Your Homeschooling Style

Creating a Philosophy of Education: Questions to Ask

Information on Different Approaches:

Bullet Points on 16 Approaches to Homeschooling

Resources on 17 Approaches to Homeschooling

Approaches to Homeschooling: Summary Post (this is actually not a bad place to start)

Approaches to Homeschooling: Introductory Post

Specific Approaches:

Classical Education: Classical is a very broadly used term so I’ve got a number of posts on this one. For help in sorting it all out, start with this post: Sorting Out Classical  and Characteristics of Classical Education

Charlotte Mason: Charlotte Mason (CM) is a late 19th/early 20th century educator from England whose ideas have undergone a resurgence. Because my personal approach is similar to hers, I have done many posts on the CM method; you can find them all here. Charlotte Mason was herself a Christian (Church of England) and her approach assumes a Higher Being (at the very least). Modern takes on CM have applied her principles in Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, and even secular settings (seethis post).

Unschooling: In my area, unschooling is perhaps the single most popular approach (other than a very traditional school-at-home model) among non-Christians. While radical or “pure” unschooling has a vibrant and well-defined underlying philosophy, it is also inherently flexible and is often in practice adapted to one’s particular circumstances and needs.

Values- and Character-Based Approaches:

Christian Worldview Curricula:

Montessori: Most have heard of Maria Montessori. Like Charlotte Mason (see above) she lived and worked in the early 20th century (Montessori was slightly later). Rumor has it they didn’t get along well.

Waldorf: An approach formulated by Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900s (it was a big time for new philosophies of education) which still has some adherents today.

Unit Studies and additional thoughts: Unit studies is more of a practical approach than a philosophy but there are some ideas there lurking behind it all.

The Puritans’ Home School Curriculum: Another Christian curriculum (if the name didn’t tell you that). This one is specifically reformed (my own branch of Christianity) though I cannot say it appeals to me (click the link for more on that).

And, in case you were wondering about the ideas in your local public school,  here is the biggest single influence on the modern American public school:

John Dewey, Evolution, and Socialization; see also Evolution as a Mindset

Calvinist day-school

...bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Sabbath Mood Homeschool

Desiring That a Sabbath Mood Rest on Your Homeschool


my musings, wise or otherwise


A Literary Homestead


Blogging about education, theology, and more

Harmony Fine Arts

Blogging about education, theology, and more

Sage Parnassus

Blogging about education, theology, and more

A peaceful day

Blogging about education, theology, and more

Living Charlotte Mason in California

Blogging about education, theology, and more


Weekly Walrus Whatevers

Creations by Maris

Handwoven Textiles

Fisher Academy International ~ Teaching Home

Blogging about education, theology, and more


Blogging about education, theology, and more

Homeschooling Middle East

A Homeschooling/Unschooling Adventure from Bahrain to Dubai that's a story for anyone, anywhere who's interested in offering their kids an educational alternative. Please have fun visiting and have even more fun commenting! We have now moved to Granada, Spain and I will write again once we've settled down!!

Exclusive Psalmody

For the Encouragement and Preservation of Biblical Worship

Charlotte Mason Institute

Supporting an international conversation toward an authentic Charlotte Mason education - awakening to delightful living