Home Education Philosophies, Styles, and Methods
Based on a method introduced by nineteenth-century educator Charlotte Mason, this approach includes nature studies, journaling, narration, and living books.
A charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison
A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
The Classical Approach
Based on Dorothy Sayers’ The Last Tools of Learning, in which child development is broken up into three stages of learning commonly called the Trivium.
The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home By Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer
Classical Homeschooling Magazine
This puts the learning in the hands of the child, based on his or her interests. Parents help facilitate this type of learning with appropriate instructional materials.
A mix of philosophies and curricula to accommodate each child’s abilities and interests. Parents choose from any method or style only those components that fit their specific needs.
The Principal Approach
An approach based on the principles of our Founding Fathers and an emphasis on God’s Word as the basis for every subject.
The Noah Plan at www.face.net
Normally uses a full-range, packaged, text-book type curriculum that also may include a scope and sequence, testing, and recordkeeping.
Bob Jones University Press www.bjupresshomeschool.com
Rod and Staff – Christian Education Ministries
www.milestonebooks.com (click on Curriculum button)
All or most core subjects are covered while studying any one topic or unit of study, using a variety of resources and supplemental activities.
KONOS Character Curriculum www.konos.com
Five In A Row www.fiveinarow.com
The Weaver Curriculum www.aop.com
A relaxed setting where learning is directed by the child. Parts of this philosophy are based on research by John Taylor Gatto and John Holt.
Resources and Curriculum
The following three books will be extremely helpful in choosing the right curriculum and approach for your child’s learning style. They are all written by Cathy Duffy. All three books can be located within the Tom Green County Library system.
Obtaining Curriculum Locally
The Teacher Store
310 North Chadbourne Street
4238 Sunset Drive
Used Curriculum Sale
At the end of every school year there is a Used Curriculum Sale that is managed by a SACHSA member and open to all home schoolers. Membership is not required to sell or attend. This is a great opportunity to save money on curriculum for the upcoming year.
Contact: Margie Rodriguez at lumagab at yahoo dot com
Special Needs Curriculum
THSC provides an extensive list at www.thsc.org located under “Resources” tab.