Charlotte Mason is a method based on the beliefs of 19th century educator, Charlotte Mason, who believed it was vital to educate the whole person, not just the mind. Charlotte believed a liberal, “living” education bettered the soul of the child. This educational method includes the belief children should spend a fair amount of time outdoors experiencing life, learning life lessons through real events and have plenty of time to play. You can visit Simply Charlotte Mason to learn more.
Classical homeschooling is based on the three stages of learning called the Trivium. These three stages (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric) coincide with the student’s cognitive development. During the early, foundational years of school, the student’s time is mainly spent absorbing facts. Middle school focuses on learning logic and teaching the student how to think critically. In high school, students learn the art of communication and self-expression.
Eclectic homeschooling, also known as “relaxed homeschooling” is a method used that combines a bit of everything, pulling from a variety of resources, curriculums and methodologies. With this approach parents utilize resources they believe are most important based on their needs and interests.
Unschooling, also known as “independent learning”, promotes child-led learning. With this method of home education there’s no set schedule or curriculum and children learn based on their interests.