Saturday, April 20, 2013

E is for Education

So many people are so narrow minded when it comes to education. They believe that you can only educate a child with other children that are the same age. I however beg to differ. 

Yes, I am a little different than most. I homeschool. That doesn't even mean that I think what I am doing is right for everyone. I understand that some people can't homeschool for a variety of different reasons or that they just don't want to. I know what sacrifices I have had to make to homeschool in my life and its a personal family decision

Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, research. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts.

Learning can happen in every day life as it can from a book.  Learning is all around our children so why fuss over what standards it needs.

I have 3 children and each one of them learn in different ways. I have 2 very visual learners and I have one that learns any way honestly.

Over the years I have tried many different publishers and teaching techniques and just want to make sure you are understanding that there is NO ONE WAY to educate!

Charlotte Mason uses living books in every area of learning.

Classical Education puts great focus on Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric.

Eclectic is a combination of two or more styles.

Montessori Learning is based on the child's development by Maria Montessori.

Traditional Learning is using text books.

 Unit Study Learning is all subjects being taught by a topic based unit.

Unschooling is letting the child led the learning.

 My family is very eclectic in our learning style. Each of my children have a different way they prefer to learn so I teach many different ways through out my day.  

We let the children pick their topic for science and normally allow them to do a unit study or lapbook, so would that mean I am unschooling and unit study learning?

We use textbooks for bible, grammar and science. We do lots of science labs. 

We use lots of Montessori made items because of my boys being visual learners.

So that is just a small reason why we are Eclectic homeschoolers! No way I could fit my 3 kids into one learning style.

What about you?




  1. Great post on learning styles and what works for you guys! I love hearing what others like to do :-)

  2. Love what you wrote! We also homeschool using a variety of methods. I remember that when I first started homeschooling I thought I had to find a particular method and use it religiously. After many years I can now say that I am confident enough to pick and choose what works best for our family.


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