What is your homeschool style? Your homeschool style is how you naturally approach homeschooling. There are 6 main styles: Traditional, Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, Unschooling, and Eclectic. I have put together a really simple true and false quiz to help you discern your homeschool style. There are 45 questions that you can either hit true or false for. The key for this quiz to be accurate is that you cannot choose what you want to be but rather what you are. Once you know how you approach homeschooling, you can learn more about the homeschool styles and tweak your approach to be more of what you want. A quiz like this helps us take the time to analyze what is working and what isn’t. We get to think about our values and goals and if our approach is facilitating that or working against it. So grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, hit the easy share buttons to your right —> and pin this image for later so you can refer to this quiz over and over again and let’s get started!
Take the Homeschool Style Quiz!
Before you start, remember that you need to answer as you actually are and then we can read the styles below to figure out what you want to be. Also, the fact that you are here, reading this post, means that you want to understand your family better and I am so proud of you! We don’t have a lot of time as homeschool moms, life is busy, so when we do take the time to dig a little deeper, to try something new, it shows your commitment to your family and speaks volumes. Just the fact that you care enough to always be learning and growing testifies to you as a homeschool parent, keep on keeping on mama (or dad who may have stumbled here)!
Let's Get to Know Your Homeschool Style Better!
In an effort to make this easier to navigate, I am going to link each style below to a separate page ALL about that style. So choose your style below, it will open in a new window so you can come back here to find out how we can change and tweak our styles. Did you get very mixed results? In that case, choose the eclectic link below!
What if I want to change my homeschool style?
What many people do not realize is that your homeschool style may change throughout our homeschool journey. You may be one style of homeschooler naturally but come to fall in love with the values of another style as I have. When that happens, you have the ability to change your entire approach to homeschooling, to stretch yourself outside of what is comfortable to you, and to explore learning another way. For example, I was a traditional homeschooler. That is how I was homeschooled and how I found joy in homeschooling. I am type-A, driven, I like to check off the boxes and see progress in my children. I love workbooks and wanted my kids to do their work independently while I did some teaching with them all in their little school desks. I had visions of playing school with my children and yet through the years, my natural tendencies have been waging war with my heart. In my heart, I want to do something different. I have come to appreciate the values of both Unschooling and the Charlotte Mason style and have found myself choosing to change for the sake of my children, and the sake of myself!
It is not an easy thing, changing what comes naturally to us! But I don't want to go through my homeschool journey doing what came easily, I want to go through it with memories, relationship, exposing them to life, letting them own learning and be a part of the process, and instilling our values along the way!
So no matter what your homeschool style IS right now, no matter what your results were, take the time to read through all the different styles above. Find what resonates with your goals, your mission statement, and CHOOSE which style you want to be! And if you are looking for a support group to ask questions, share glimpses of your day, or just make some new friends... come join the Facebook Group Hip Homeschoolers! They are an amazing group of women and I know you'll find a safe place to walk your homeschool journey with other mom's who are trying to do their best just like you!