Other Homeschooling Methods

Sandbox to Socrates is a blog about classical home education, but we know from experience that no single style will suit all children or all families!  Here is a very brief overview of some other philosophies for educating children in a homeschool setting. We hope you find the links and information helpful as you consider the best approach for your homeschool.

Charlotte Mason: An educational approach in which children are taught as whole persons through a wide range of interesting living books, firsthand experiences, and good habits. (credit Simply Charlotte Mason)
Ambleside Online, Simply Charlotte Mason , Mater Amabilis, Charlotte Mason Education

Montessori: An educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. (credit Wikipedia)
Shu Chen Jenny Yen , Mariamontessori.com

Living Books: An educational approach characterized by reading books written by one author for the purpose of bringing delight to readers.
Sonlight  Living Books Curriculum, Winter Promise, Five in a Row, My Father’s World

Unschooling: “When pressed, I define unschooling as allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world as their parents can comfortably bear.” (credit Pat Farenga via Wikipedia)
unschooling.com , John Holt and Growing without Schooling

School in a Box: A complete package of educational material, designed for one school-year’s use, subjects included usually modeled on public school equivalents, though they may not otherwise resemble public school materials.
Calvert School, Catholic Heritage Curricula , Oak Meadow

School at Home: A complete package of educational material, designed for one school-year’s use, presentation of subjects modeled on public or private school equivalents. ABeka, Laurel Springs School

Waldorf: A holistic, child-centered, nature-focused approach to education, based on anthroposophical theories developed and promulgated by Rudolf Steiner.
Christopherus, LiveEd, Oak Meadow

Unit Studies: A unit study is a series of lessons drawing from a variety of school subjects, used to teach a topic in-depth. (Credit Maple Tree Publishing)

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