What Style of Homeschool is Simply Homeschool?
or the Simply Homeschool Secret Recipe...
Simply Homeschool is Eclectic, meaning that we have taken aspects of all the different styles of home education and developed our own style. Our team, in total, has over 60 years of homeschooling experience! We have written the lessons in Simply Homeschool based on the books we love, using the activities and learning opportunities we have engaged in. We then offer this to you so that you can begin homeschooling with 60 years homeschooling experience behind you.
Below is our Recipe for Simply Homeschool:
1. Begin with a homeful of Unschooling
You love your child and know your child better than anyone else. When they were small, you didn’t need a syllabus document and outcomes list to teach your toddler what they needed to know about life. And you’ve still got this parent intuition. It’s the same parent intuition that you will use to teach your teen to drive your car!
We’ve cooked up a smorgasbord feast of Core Programs so that you can facilitate and navigate your own learning journey to suit your child’s interests and needs. We’ve done all the work so that you can begin with confidence and enjoy the journey. Simply Homeschool provides you with the tools to create just the right amount of structure for your family. We support you to homeschool in your sweet spot. We provide step by step instructions to diligently cover the basics. We include phonetics based reading lessons, our own Write in Colour grammar program, essay writing and systematic maths instruction.
We link all our Core Programs to the Syllabus so you can be sure you’ve got everything covered, and then we splash it into your real life in a refreshing and holistic way.
2. Delve into a generous serving of Unit Studies
Our Core Programs offer you a wide range of topics based on engaging books. Select your flavours. Stir gently to mix through the entire curriculum. Dig deeply into the history and culture of Time through The Story of Clocks and Calendars. Explore the Great Barrier Reef with A Sea of Words and Coral Sea Dreaming. Trace the Journey of Australian Explorers in Australian Backyard Explorer. Discover the hidden mysteries of Ancient Languages in Ox, House, Stick. Make and play with Slime using The Periodic Table. Study months days and seasons through A Year on Our Farm.
Our Unit Studies integrate multiple key learning areas and build engagement through fun activities. Make a board game, grow a garden, build a model atmosphere, cook cultural meals...and hundreds of other activities are integrated into every Core Program.
3. Engage in a liberal delivery of Charlotte Mason
We divide our lessons into short sessions so that your child can engage deeply in learning for a lesson length that suits their ability to focus. Our Lapbooks, as our main record of learning, are Charlotte Mason inspired. Our books are good books, carefully chosen.
We select plenty of biographies, with some classics and “living books”. (We include many infographics books as well because these are readable and engaging for many children with learning challenges such as ASD and dyslexia - but these are not in the Charlotte Mason arena).
We recommend audiobooks so that you can provide your child with generous literature opportunities, even if they are resistant readers. We include many opportunities for observation plus nature walks and nature journaling. We offer a wide selection of Core Programs so that you can choose your preferences including options for Biblical homeschooling, which is typically Charlotte Mason.
4. Sprinkle a handful of Classical Education
Story of the World (our main history program) is classically based because it systematically moves through history chronologically. Logic and critical thinking are integral to this style, and we focus strongly in this area particularly in Maths for Year 1 and Maths for Year 2. Classic Poetry delves into the Great Poets, with a systematic development of skills in the grammar of poetry.
Our focus on open-ended questions through many Core Programs and robust discussion (for example in My World My Story) have their roots in Classical Education.
5. Construct a little Montessori style scaffolding
Simply Homeschool is deliberately written to cater well for neurodiverse children. We create Core Programs for multi-aged learning and support each parent to deliver an individualised Learning Plan for your family. We include lots of hands-on learning activities and our Core Programs provide for the flexibility integral to the Montessori method.
We empower you and your children to set the pace so that you can take it slowly, or accelerate according to your child’s needs. We write our curriculum to allow you a generous serving of unstructured time and free play.
6. Integrate a selection of Waldorf-inspired ideas
We want to inspire kids to explore the world in a multisensory manner. We assess our children according to the skills they learn and the progress they make without applying formal grades or assessments. You, as the parent, choose the activities and lessons that your child will do in each day, according to their needs and interests.
- Apply all of the above in the context of RoadSchooling using our PDF Download option (available with 12 month membership)
- Add other resources, activities and strategies to suit your child to taste.
Serves - your whole family
Preparation Time - very little!
For a more in-depth discussion on the styles of homeschooling, see: https://thebestschools.org/magazine/homeschool-style-right/