This guide is intended to provide a basic overview of some of the different types of homeschooling styles and curriculum.
PAACH does not recommend or endorse any individual curriculum or accredited program. We recognize the diversity which is prevalent in the homeschooling community and trust you will exercise discernment in making the proper choices for your family. As always, please send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The traditional style of homeschooling is a model most of us are familiar with and generally uses a format similar to public or private schools (textbooks, workbooks, computers, tests and quizzes). Because of the overall structure traditional curriculum provides, it can be a great starting point for families new to homeschooling.
Some families choose to use accredited programs for their homeschooling. The accreditation process involves an independent review of the curriculum, which validates that classes and coursework meet strong national education standards.
Charlotte Mason Style
Charlotte Mason was a British author and educator at the turn of the 20th century. The Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling heavily emphasizes the use of high-quality literature or "living books" to teach children. It seeks to develop their appreciation for art, music and nature using techniques such as journaling, narration, dictation and copywork.
Charlotte Mason Curriculum
Classical Education Style
The classical style of homeschooling is based on a method of learning popular during the Renaissance period. Students move through 3 stages of learning called the trivium: the grammar stage (concrete learning), the logic or dialectic stage (critical learning) and the rhetoric stage (abstract learning).
Classical Education Curriculum
Distance Learning Style
With the distance learning (e-learning, remote learning, etc.) style of homeschooling, students participate in a virtual classroom led by teachers online. Formats can vary from video-on-demand to live classrooms, but typically require students to work independently to complete assignments with parents monitoring progress and providing support.
Distance Learning Curriculum
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Unit Study Style
The unit study style of homeschooling identifies a defined topic or theme and incorporates multiple subject areas into the study plan for that unit. By exploring topics from multiple perspectives, students may find it easier to master and retain information.
Unit Study Curriculum
More to Explore
Not all curriculum fits into neat little boxes or specific categories. In fact, many of the options listed above and below may fit multiple educational and learning styles. If you child is struggling with a specific subject or curriculum, it's okay to try something different. That's just one of the many things that make homeschooling awesome!
More to Explore Curriculum
Civics, Economics & Politics
A Constitution class or test is not required at any grade level in Illinois private schools, and is no longer a prerequisite for entrance into Illinois community colleges. Of course, civics is an area of study that is a great benefit to all students to become educated, honorable and active United States citizens.
Civics, Economics & Politics Curriculum