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Why You Should Use A Holistic Approach in Your Homeschooling

| 11/15/2018 1:03:00 PM

Homeschool parents all have one thing in common—they want the best education possible for their children. Figuring out which approach isn't an easy task, but holistic homeschooling has a number of advantages.

There are approximately 3.5 million homeschooled children in the United States, surpassing charter schools at 2.5 million. Homeschooling parents today have more resources and connectivity than generations past of homeschoolers.

What Is a Holistic Homeschooling Approach?

When you use a holistic approach to education, you look at the entire person as a whole and not just specific learning goals. While academics and basic skills are an important component, holistic education also seeks to develop emotional skills, social behaviors, spiritual beliefs and community connectedness.

Looking at your child as the whole person and what their purpose in life might be is a big advantage over public learning. The sheer number of students in a traditional classroom doesn't allow for much individualization. On top of that, educators must meet specific standards for testing, which requires a focused approach that applies across the board rather than an individual approach for each student.

Philosophies that Match Holistic Approach

There are a variety of educational philosophies and curriculum available for parents to use in approaching education. The one that works best for your child depends upon what type of learner your child is.

  • Charlotte Mason: A philosophy from the 19th century. This form of learning hones in on paying attention to detail, keeping lapbooks and exploring the world at large.
  • Waldorf Schools: The focus of Waldorf schools is on experiential play and artistic expression. It could be called an unschooling approach in the lower grades with a shift to more critical thinking by high school.
  • Montessori: You've likely heard of this educational movement as many charter schools run on a Montessori model. With this approach, the child guides their own learning, but the teacher points them in the right direction.

A focus on interest-based learning has always been popular in homeschooling circles. Because you only have to prepare a curriculum for your own children, you can create a curriculum around space or race cars or horses.

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