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When I started homeschooling in 1981, I did not know about teaching methods. There was very little curriculum available for homeschoolers; and, since I had no one to tell me what a teaching method was, I had to come up with my own method - probably much like families did in early American history. I now know that the method I used is called "eclectic." I used real books (fiction, nonfiction, biographies, historical fiction), art supplies, science equipment, travel, nature study, and an occasional textbook/workbook as I found ones that were suitable.
Today, there is so much curriculum to choose from, it's hard to know what to buy. Curriculum Fairs are brimming with vendors selling the newest products created especially for the homeschooled student. How do you choose? To help you in your quest, you might want to know a little about the teaching methods used by homeschoolers. Here are the major ones and a brief description. For more information, check out the resources listed with the method.
Charlotte Mason Resources:
3. Unit Studies
Unit Study Resources:
4. Unschooling (also called natural learning)
I am Learning All the Time - a children's book about unschooling. Recommended for all! See my review at How Do I Teach. . . ?.
5. Robinson Self-Teaching Curriculum
7. Principle Approach
Principle Approach Resources: