Charlotte Mason Method
This method is based on the writing of a 19th century educator who felt children should learn from real books and not from textbooks. In this method, after a child reads, he narrates back what he has learned. This takes the place of quizzs and tests. It is characterized by no homework, no grades, short lessons, and few lectures, along with morning classes, copy work, and nature study.
Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Co.
PO Box 936
Puyallup, WA 98373
Charlotte Mason Communique'tions
4441 So. Meridian Suite 221
Elkton, MD 21921-0936
Teaching Children by Diane Lopez
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own PNEU schools. Their goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason’s high literary standards. The curriculum uses as many books as possible, and there is no cost to use this free online information or join their email support groups.
Some books used as guidelines:
A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Macaulay
This method also relies on “real” books with some help from teaching manuals. There is very little workbook or textbook work, but there is more structure. All of the reading ties together in various subjects, but it requires less prep time than a unit study.
This method is based on the medieval model of education consisting of two parts: the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium contains three phases: The Grammar period (ages 9-11) – acquisition of facts and language, particularly Greek or Latin; The Dialectic period (ages 12-14) – understanding what has been memorized and asking questions; and the Rhetoric period (ages 14-16) – learning how to present arguments in a persuasive and pleasing form.
Dorothy Sayers' essay "Lost Art of Learning"
In her book “Are Women Human” or on the web at:
Teaching the Trivium Magazine
139 Colorado St. Suite 168
Muscatine, IA 52761
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
Wisdom's Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall
Unit Studies mean that all subjects point back to the topic. The theory here is that repetition builds retention, and students have a “big-picture memory file” for topics giving them a fuller understanding. They also claim that it allows greater discovery for the student causing them to be better thinkers. Here there are no textbooks and workbooks and it is heavy on activities, which means they usually require significant prep time. Unit studies can be used for all children at all different levels, tailoring it to their own level. This can help build family togetherness. Some examples are KONOS, based on character traits, and The Weaver based on Biblical passages. Many people make up their own unit studies.
This method is also known as relaxed homeschooling or flexible homeschooling. The belief is that the child’s natural curiosity about the world, and natural desire to learn should be the motivating factor in education. They believe it is the parent’s job to guide and help the children explore and pursue their own interests at their own pace.
Mary Hood, The Relaxed Homeschooler
This method is closer to a traditional textbook and workbook approach. Many of the popular curricula are used in Christian schools. These can be accelerated or normal paced.
School of Tomorrow
PO Box 299000
Lewisville, TX 75029-9000
Alpha Omega Publications
300 N. McKemy
Chandler, AZ 85226-2618
Christian Liberty Academy
502 W. Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Home School Legal Defense Association
Mr. Michael Farris, president
PO Box 159
Paeonian Springs, VA 22129
(On this page, click on “State Homeschool Laws” and then on that page, choose & click on your own state.)
E. 1510 Spencer Lake Rd.
Shelton, WA 98584
Christian Book Distributors (CBD)
Home Learning & Schooling Resources
PO Box 7000
Peabody, MA 01961-7000
The Book Peddler has now been changed to PENNYWISE LEARNING and incorporated into christianbook.com.
Rainbow Resource Center
8227 Ulah Rd.
Cambridge, IL 61238
Voice Mail: (800) 705-8809
COURSES & SERVICES
Homeschool Qualifying Courses & Testing Service
WEBSITES & BOOKS
Interesting/Helpful Websites & Excellent Books
Check the library!
The Big Book of Home Learning by Mary Pride
The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias
How To Home School by Gayle Graham
Any books by Ruth Beechick
Example: You can Teach Your Child Successfully