Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to pick just on homeschool style. To be quick honest, you’d be stressing yourself out by trying to put your homeschool in a box.
Going into my seventh year of homeschooling, I’ve learned how to homeschool with a mixed-method style. Here’s how you do it… and in 3 easy steps!
Choosing Methods That Work for Your Family
Notice method(s) is plural. Most homeschooling families today will claim one dominant method, but when looked at closely, they use several.
Of course it’s not necessary to even choose a method at all; however, it does help with teaching inspiration. Without going into details of all the individual methods, the most common are:
- Charlotte Mason (real-life learning)
- Unschooling (child and interest-led)
- Eclectic (a little bit of this and that)
- Unit Studies (themed-approach)
- Classical Conversations (leadership education)
Each method offers an approach to learning that has since become a style that’s used to educate children at home. There is no right or wrong method. The main objective is to choose the ones that work for your unique family. Keep reading to discover how to homeschool with a mixed-method style.
How to Homeschool with a Mixed-Method Style
Step 1: Take the best, leave the rest.
Instead of looking at the different homeschooling methods and trying to hit every point, only use what resonates. In other words, don’t try to do it all and don’t worry about what doesn’t work.
If homeschooling through themes works, do it. Your children love nature walks? Incorporate them into your themes. If your children have an idea about how to do something, use it! Want to bring a lesson to life? Read living books.
Believe it or not, those examples are four homeschool methods in one! Once you have an idea of the different styles (or methods) you want to use…
Step 2: Gather resources.
There are tons of curriculum resources to choose from these days, so there’s no lack in finding what you need. Between Google, Pinterest, and Facebook – it’s all a click away. I personally steer toward the do-it-yourself route so I can piece together different things I need. Whatever you choose, always consider your child’s development level and learning style.
For example, when it comes to teaching about Ancient Egypt, Sonlight’s Ancient Egypt curriculum resources works perfectly. I’m able to introduce my children of varying ages to Ancient Egypt with an unschooling, unit study approach by reading novels, using coloring pages, and assembling fun paper figures.
They also include fun hands-on projects and illustrated non-fiction easy readers to provide even more context. I like how they provide a guide to help assist in planning what to do each day. Sonlight has definitely helped us connect with Ancient Egypt!
Step 3: Plan of action.
With your methods/styles chosen and your resources gathered, it’s time to create a plan of action. Put together a schedule that meshes with your unique family dynamic coupled with lesson plans that will help you get it all done.
Don’t forget to consider any pre-made lesson plans that are provided with the resources you choose. This is a plus, but totally not necessary. However, if you need help with putting together your own curriculum and lesson plans, I’ve put together a mini course that will guide you in an easy peasy way! (just click the graphic below to find out more!)
I’ve always been an advocate of homeschooling your way, and that includes using as many methods and styles as you choose. Never be afraid to try something new and ditch what doesn’t work. Your nerves will thank you for it!