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Interview with the Colfaxes

Dear Readers, I am sharing this interview with you from our book The Homeschooling Almanac.  I think Homeschooling is timeless and that this interview exudes thoughts and experiences that are timeless. Raising our own children in our own homes seems like it might change with the times, but in reality it really does not. Putting …

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School-at-Home

School-at-Home This method uses a boxed curriculum and follows a rigid timetable, just like school. It may be like a correspondence course. This method satisfies the guilt or insecurity some parents feel, who are not certain of what their children actually need to learn and when. Even though academically, this method is rigid and misses …

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Unschooling Method

Unschooling Method Method of homeschooling in which learning is led by the child’s interests primarily, rather than by a predetermined curriculum or the parents’ desires. This philosophy was developed by the late John Holt, a school teacher in Boston, who felt that the confinement and rigidity of school was counter to the actual process of …

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Unit Study Approach

Unit Study Approach A method of study by which an entire program, with a unifying theme, is created to study diverse topics. For instance, “Life in America from 1680 to 1800” could serve as a unit theme. The student would study math, reading, spelling, grammar, history, geography, government, sociology . . . all centered around …

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Principle Approach (Christian)

Principle Approach (Christian) This is a method of homeschooling based on Biblical principles, from a Christian worldview and developed by Rosalie J. Slater and Verna Hall, who identify seven principles as the center of their approach. The seven are: Christian character, self-government, conscience, individuality, political union and local self-government. In this way, the Principle Approach …

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Eclectic Approach

Eclectic Approach This is a method of homeschooling that uses materials from any and all sources, rather than following a pre-set program or curriculum. Eclectic homeschoolers typically use home-made materials as well as those from the library or used, old books, found at thrift stores or garage sales that are perfectly valuable and often more …

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Charlotte Mason Method

Charlotte Mason Method This is a method of homeschooling founded by Charlotte Mason, a teacher in Victorian England, who advocated educating children by offering them a gentle, full, life with daily observation of nature, daily exposure to fine music and art -– both observed and practiced; the use of living books, as opposed to textbooks, …

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Learning Difficulties – Some Surprising Causes and Solutions

by Carolyn Forte A common worry among homeschooling parents is whether their children are “falling behind” or are “not keeping up.”  There are many reasons for a child to have difficulty with the schoolwork assigned but parents are seldom aware of the full range of elements that can affect a child’s ability to learn easily.  …

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The Root of “Education”

by Patrick Farenga (Copyright 2021, all rights reserved.) One can view the history of education as an ongoing struggle between those who feel education is something to be done for someone and those who feel it is something people do for themselves. Educationists love to point out that their job is draw forth the latent …

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Homeschooling: Where Do We Begin?

Homeschooling: Where Do We Begin? by Martin & Carolyn Forte With thousands of families more-or-less forced into homeschooling, there is a great deal of confusion as to how to go about it.  As long time homeschool advocates, we get phone calls every day from parents and sometimes teens asking how to begin and proceed with …

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