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What kind of homeschooler are you? [message #820199] Tue, 18 July 2017 13:14 Go to next message
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When this question is posed, I'm used to hearing things like "unschooler, traditional, eclectic" and that's about it...or at least, those were the "top three" from the 1990s when I began homeschooling. The most specific I ever heard, back then, was Charlotte Mason. Now the answers are so much more specific to philosophies and styles. I will share that I have immensely enjoyed reading a little of this and that to figure out different thoughts/approaches.

Not knowing if I was eclectic or not (I knew we were not quite unschoolers, but suspected we weren't too far off), I found an online quiz to answer this question (recently posed by a woman trying to pull together a Christian co-op group for the fall). I answered what I "am" vs what I "would like to be" and there were a lot of results....and I'm shocked that I fall into the "Classical" with the highest percent as I tend to run away from that IRL. I thought it was the same as "traditional" (in my mind) but there was a separate category for traditional. Other results were almost neck and neck, but there was one that I'm completely "huh?" about as I don't think I've heard the term. In fact, there were a few things on there that I hadn't heard, though I didn't score so closely. My second to lowest score was for Charlotte Mason, which kinda broke my heart. I actually love what I'm learning about the approach (though I'm still really finding my way) and, to me, it sounded like a wonderful way for Jonah to learn (sounded just like Jonah's personality, actually).

So...I suppose I'm stuck at eclectic ... and wondering how to draw out what is suggested as my "top 3" and blend with what I think is Jonah's best style (and then keep open to any changes he might have, assuming I'm even correct in his style).

My top three were (all within a point of one another):

Score for Classical Education
Score for Reggio-Inspired
Score for Unschooling Approach

There was a 4th place tie for

Score for Thomas Jefferson Education (I don't know much about)
Score for Waldorf Education (which I absolutely loath)

I was shocked that Montessori was so low on the register for me, as I implement many of her primary methods.

The approaches that the quiz covered were:

Charlotte Mason
Classical Education
Montessori Education
Project-Based Learning
Thomas Jefferson Education
Traditional Education
Unit Studies Approach
Unschooling Approach
Waldorf Education

If you are interested in a fun little quiz, the one I completed can be found here (I have no affiliation with the blog, it came up on a google search for "what kind of homeschooler are you?") http://eclectic-homeschool.com/homeschool-philosophies-quiz/

Re: What kind of homeschooler are you? [message #820202 is a reply to message #820199 ] Wed, 19 July 2017 08:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I just took the quiz -

I scored high on Montessori (no surprise to me there) and a negative for traditional!

Mine went:
Unit Studies
Reggio (I had to look up what that even meant)
Thomas Jefferson
Charlotte Mason
Project based and then
Traditional at -23 Wink

My philosophy changed as my children aged - While I agree that in the younger years we were very Montessori/Unit/Unschooling, as the guys (and now dd) got to high-school and they verbalized hopes and dreams, we switched to a more traditional route (which I don't like, but it is what they wanted and thrived on).

25yos, 23yos, 13 yod I guess I am old enough for adult children.

My stomach hurts, but I still choose joy! :-)

Re: What kind of homeschooler are you? [message #820211 is a reply to message #820202 ] Thu, 20 July 2017 07:44 Go to previous message
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Renee, Traditional was my only negative score as well Laughing

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