In my last post concerning curriculum choices, I briefly mentioned your “teaching style.” In my opinion, your teaching style is not as important as your child’s learning style, but it does need to be considered to make the best of your homeschooling experience. Do you feel that you are more of a guide? A lecturer? A facilitator? A delegator? All of things will come into play as you begin to homeschool your children. It’s a good idea to find out where you stand and what will work best for you as you teach your children.
Your personality has a lot to do with your particular teaching style, so even if you have not started homeschooling yet, you will be able to relate these situations to other aspects of your life.
- If you enjoy researching to find resources and are comfortable pulling together materials from various sources to fit your needs, you may want to consider using an eclectic form of homeschooling or using unit studies.
- If you are too busy to do all of that research or know that it is going to be a challenge to find time to teach your children, you are going to need a homeschooling approach that has less parental involvement. You might want to look into virtual schooling. This allows you to “home” school without a great deal of parental involvement.
- If you feel “unqualified” to teach and would like to have a curriculum that covers all subjects and includes daily lesson plans and teacher’s guides, you may lean more toward full boxed curriculum. Most of the major curriculum suppliers will have full boxed curriculum. You tell them that you want everything that you need to teach third grade at home, and they will send all of that to you–student books and teacher books. All you will need to buy are the pencils!
Other things to consider when looking at your personal teaching style is your preference for scheduling. If you like having a predictable schedule, you will likely want to go with the boxed curriculum or even the virtual schooling. If you prefer a more flexible schedule, you would lean more toward the eclectic and unit studies approach. If you need a paper trail of “proof” that your child is learning (for reporting to your homeschool associations or just for your own “peace of mind”), you would likely perform better with a boxed or virtual curriculum. If you prefer that most learning be child-directed or child-inspired, you would fall under the eclectic schooling.
Whichever approach that you find works better for you, remember that in the end, you may have to tweak things a bit and even come out of your “comfort zone” somewhat if your child is not performing well. This is when his or her learning style has to be considered.
To find earlier posts in this series:
Part One: Homeschooling Beginnings (Getting Started)
Part Two: Curriculum Choices