Monday, April 28, 2014

Five Teaching Styles

When choosing curriculum it is important to decide how you want to present the material to your children.  For our purposes, we will discuss five different teaching styles.

Charlotte Mason was a 19th century English Educator. She taught with “living books”, nature study, classical music, narration, and famous artist picture study. Example: 

 Classical – Teaches utilizing the Trivium - from the Latin “tri” (three) and “via” (road or way). The literal meaning is the “Three fold way or road”. 
Stage 1: Kindergarten through 3rd grade is the grammar stage.  This is the information and fact gathering stage.  Children are capable of memorizing large amounts of information.  Catchy tunes teach them everything from the Presidents to the Monarchs of the Middle Ages.  
 Stage 2: Middle school - 4th through 8th grade is the dialectic stage.  Children learn to reason and begin to utilize all the information they memorized in the Grammar Stage.  
Stage 3: High School is the rhetoric stage.  Now it's time for apologetics, reasoned expression and argumentation
Throughout Classical education Latin is emphasized, logic/debate skills are taught, classic literature is read, and a four year history rotation itilized. (Example: Veritas Press, Memoria Press)

  Unit Study – (cross curricular) – Topics are approached in depth and all areas of study are incorporated. You may choose multiple areas of study for the year and then study them in-depth for 1- 6 weeks at a time. Shorter periods of unit study are very useful, even when primarily using other methods of schooling. (Examples: Amanda Bennett, Konos)

 Traditional Workbook – Gee, this speaks for itself, doesn't it?  Personally, being a visual learner, I LOVED worksheets as a child!  My mother would purchase workbooks at the beginning of the summer break just to keep me busy and happy for those three months.  She bought me a set of 10.  I think I did them all in about a week.  They were supposed to last for all three months of the summer break.  Oops!!  (Examples: Rod and Staff, Abeka, Bob Jones)

Unschooling questions the appropriate nature of keeping students in a classroom all day long and “feeding” them all the same information. Unschooling sees the individuality of students as paramount and recommends letting students set the pace, content, and nature of their educational experience. It proposes that all children are curious by nature and will WANT to learn if allowed to pick their own topics. Example: there is no curriculum. Rather, a variety of enrichment materials like books, atlases, art supplies, carpentry and gardening tools will be standard fair in an unschooling home.

Whatever you choose, remember
 Do all to the Glory of God!


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