If you’re new to homeschooling and planning to attend one of our homeschool conventions, we’d like to prepare you by giving you an overview of some common home school topics. This will help you understand the basic and we hope that you learn a lot from the hundreds of homeschooling workshops that we prepared this year.
Classical homeschooling does not use classical materials like Homer, Plato, or Cicero. It focuses on the classical model of child development and the three stages of learning, namely, grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
The first stage, grammar, focuses on facts, information gathering, and memorization. The second, logic, applies reasoning to the knowledge that has been gathered in the first stage. The third and last stage, rhetoric, teaches students judgment that leads the way to wisdom.
The Charlotte Mason homeschooling method aims to awaken the soul of children, which was highly regarded by the 19th-century educator Charlotte Mason. This homeschooling style utilizes living books—the ones that invite readers inside, the ones that touch the mind and the heart—instead of textbooks and a nature journal. It introduces art, literature, music, and poetry to children on top of other resources.
Every child is special, but some children have extra special needs. However, this should not discourage you from wanting to home school your child. Participate in one of our regional homeschooling conventions to find workshops and curricula for special needs students. They are designed in a way that lets the children proceed at their own pace. They factor in the current level of foundational skills and encourage children to become active learners. Join one of our conventions this year to learn more about the home school curriculum that suits the special learning needs of your child.
One of the biggest problems in traditional education structure is that teachers have their particular style. But so do students, which are often not addressed in the traditional classroom setting. When you home school your child, you can pick the teaching method that suits his or her learning style. This is why it’s important to identify which of the seven learning styles your child prefers before you pick a curriculum or set of materials.
- Aural or auditory-musical – Children prefer using sound and music.
- Logical or mathematical – Children prefer using reasoning and systems.
- Physical or kinesthetic – Children prefer using their sense of touch, body, and hands.
- Social or interpersonal – Children prefer learning with other people.
- Solitary or intrapersonal – Children prefer studying alone.
- Verbal or linguistic – Children prefer using verbal and written words.
- Visual or spatial – Children prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding
It’s also important to note that students may lean toward more than one learning style. By attending one of our home school conventions, you can learn more about these topics or ask the experts for other homeschooling ideas. We prepared hundreds of homeschooling workshops and an exhibit hall where you can find useful homeschool resources. Our speakers and vendors will be glad to answer all of your questions about homeschooling.