Homeschooling is a beautiful way to provide your children with an enriching education. One of the many benefits of homeschooling is that it allows parents to customize their child’s education by tailoring what they learn and how they learn it.
There are different homeschooling methods, so what works best for you will depend on what you’re looking for in terms of curriculum and teaching style.
In this blog post, I’ll be discussing one particular type: School-at-Home. This method can accommodate many family situations, from full-time work schedules to traditional homeschooling lifestyles.
To learn even more, check out 10 Different Homeschooling Methods You Need to Know.
What Is the School-at-Home Method?
The school-at-home methodology is not dissimilar to your local public or private classroom. You can organize this type of education around complete curriculum packages, often arranged by the year, and even use a traditional syllabus. School-at-home might be done independently, with only a parent facilitating it all, with the help of a hired tutor, or with an online paid option such as K12, which offers similar services to most schools.
This method may work best for you if you are looking to provide a very traditional learning environment for your child. Homeschooling with this method will look and feel very similar to what they would have experienced in their local classroom setting.
What Are the Pros?
- This type of homeschooling offers a structured approach that will likely make everything feel more familiar for you and your children.
- Minimal deschooling is involved as you’re just mimicking the traditional school system.
- There are lots of curricula and program choices for the School-at-Home Method.
- Less work for you as most programs are already planned out for the year, and curricula are open-and-go.
- Easier for working parents to monitor and keep up with their child’s education.
- Great if homeschooling is just a short-term status.
- Assessment and record keeping are pretty straightforward.
What Are the Cons?
- If your child weren’t thriving in a traditional public school setting, they probably wouldn’t thrive in a conventional homeschool setting.
- Most School-at-Home programs are pricey.
- There is less room for flexibility, especially if you’re using an online program.
- 4-5 hours a day spent on schooling.
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I hope you’re able to find the perfect homeschooling method for your family. Whether it’s School-at-Home, unschooling, or something in between, I believe there is a right choice out there for everyone and my job is to help guide you through this process.
What homeschooling method would be best for your child? Let me know!
Xuan Klevecka is a Southern California-based homeschool mom, wife, and sometimes purveyor of vintage goods. She’s an Enneagram 5w4, a lover of good food, and a former middle school history teacher. You’ll either find her looking at road maps and daydreaming about her family’s next epic adventure or perusing recipes and cooking up a feast for the brood.