5 Lessons We Can All Learn From Homeschooling

Homeschooling has probably as many supporters as it does people who are strongly against it, and while those who homeschool often have a variety of reasons for it (a concern for the school environment and the quality of instruction available top the list), most who oppose it don’t necessarily consider homeschooling a place to look for teaching and learning advice. But if we take a quick look at in the infographic below, there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between various ‘methods’ of homeschooling and many of the tactics teachers are using to try to get away from a lecture based classroom (and often, to integrate technology, too).

Key Takeaways

  • Of the five methods of homeschooling listed, three of them have strong ties to currently popular classroom teaching and learning methods.
  • More homeschoolers are using technology based materials to either drive or supplement their learning.
  • “Independent Study” style homeschooling uses the parent (teacher) as a guide to help the student on their learning journey rather than to teach (sounds a lot like Challenge Based Learning, no?)
  • “Unschooling” style homeschooling lets the student set the direction and pace of learning based on their needs and interest. There has been a lot of press recently on integrating this style of learning into the classroom.
  • A focus on one-on-one attention is obvious in homeschooling, but many parents and teachers are pushing for lower teacher to student ratios in classrooms to take advantage of more personalized attention, too.

Why Homeschool: Top 3 Reasons for Homeschooling

3 Comments

  1. MOnise

    December 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I’d add:

    There is no one-size fits all; what you do for your family may not work for another family
    Must be flexible: If something is not working, change it.

  2. Jennifer

    December 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I do not agree with 2 of your disadvantages. We had more socialization opportunities when we homeschooled and with more diverse groups at a variety of locations. Resources are vast with the Internet! I do agree about the 24 hours with the child because it is difficult with children who do not like school.

  3. Taylor Storey

    December 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I just wanted to contribute to this as a k-12 homeschooled individual. I graduated college in 2010. i attended two schools, cedarville univ and azusa pacific univ. I was elected by my peers as one of 5 students who would regularly speak in front of the student body and then by a committee to speak to the student body at Cedarville, and then by a committee as one of 2 at Azusa pacific. I also played soccer at Cedarville and for an international trip. I was homeschooled on a ranch 30
    Miles away from anyone from the age of 11-18.

    I certainly am not as smooth socially as james bond, but i don’t think the argument against socialization is a very good one. There are as many ‘weird’ kids at public school as there are who are homeschooled.

    (But then again, aren’t we all weird?)