Very simply, one can compare homeschooling methods by using the National Center for Education Statistics traffic data. Despite the numbers, I prefer looking at the standard type of homeschooling methods because they have been standardized by the national center.
Homeschooling is defined as the process by which children, usually at the age of five or six, are given a systematic introduction, instruction, and practice in basic skills of learning and knowledge, reading, language, culture, and nature.
The role of the teacher in the homeschooling process is that of a guide, mentor, and resource. The teacher’s primary responsibility is to provide the student with “hands-on” knowledge and to guide and facilitate the learner’s progress through the process of discovery and application.
Typically, in traditional learning, the process of discovery in learning involves:
- Discovery of information and cause and effect,
- Choice of course of action, and
- Assimilation and application of skills and knowledge.
In the homeschool method, the child’s basic need is to be discovered. The child must receive a basic structure and instruction. The child’s mode of learning is direct instruction. The child’s basic desire is to be instructed and has received direct instruction.
One difference between traditional and homeschool teaching is the level of internal motivation. In traditional teaching, the child may accept an assignment simply because it is what he or she believes the teacher will expect the child to do. Homeschool, on the other hand, gives more weight to the child’s internal drives: desire, interests, dreams, and so forth.
Additionally, traditional teachers were trained to be able to design and implement a curriculum that would best suit each and every child. They would create a daily lesson plan that the child could follow and would be evaluated by his peers. Parents and teachers, then, have more control over what happens to the child.
One example of a traditional lesson plan is the attendance lesson. The attendance lesson is a reading lesson followed by a writing lesson. The idea is to have the child apply what he or she has learned from the previous day’s reading lesson to the text of the writing lesson.
A home school curriculum would have many of its activities and elements planned into the lesson plans already. The home school teacher has more control over how the child is taught and what he or she is learning during the lesson is more of a personal choice and style of teaching.
Needed to make the choice of teaching at home success is the discipline of the parents. It is important to establish early ways for the child to succeed in the learning process. The discipline should be consistent and easy for the child to understand. Adhering to a plan helps the child to make steady progress through the learning process and doesn’t let him or her panic when he or she has a problem.
The homeschool learning process and the day-to-day homeschool schedule are a big change from the traditional teaching methods. The homeschooling schedule is far different from the traditional school schedule. And that’s a good thing! Under the traditional teaching method, the child would be forced to attend 90% of school days or more. The child would forget he or she is even in a classroom. With the use of homeschool methods, the child can learn from the first day he or she sets foot in the classroom.
The use of audio, as well as visual materials, aids many children to learn better. Visual activities make learning fun for children. And learning is the main priority even if it is just through the visual and audio learning materials. The child can easily focus on the main things and learn them visually.
Teaching is a very rewarding and satisfying job. And, as the children learn and grow the quality of the learning process is absolutely amazing. But not all children learn at the same rate or with the same Kind of learning skill.
The different learning styles of the children are a critical component in the long run of a child’s success. Every child has different learning styles and each of these children brings different strengths and weaknesses to the learning process. If you follow the eight types of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, quotation, systematic) you will find that each child brings different strengths and weaknesses to the learning process as well.
So, to succeed with any type of education you have to take advantage of all the different learning techniques and bring your child to a place of success. You need to make sure your child is stress-free and quite organized. The most important thing to do is take your child to a feed consisting of mental, emotional, and physical exercises.
If you continue to give good education to your child he or she will be able to attain maximum learning and maximum satisfaction.