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Home Schooling Curricula

lifestyle Apr 03, 2020
Dr Cheryl Kam - Blog - Functional medicine coach - Singapore - Home schooling curricula

Homeschooling has grown in popularity due to recent events but there's so much to know about it. Do you know what curriculum fits your family's needs?


 

There are many curricula to follow, or mix and match.

 

Make use of homeschool networks and parent support groups.  Get on the right side of the local education laws and regulations.

 

My favorite so far has been the Classical education system . . .

 

. . . and I’ve been reading The Well Trained Mind as a little bit of a bible, in planning for our homeschool lifestyle and journey for the primary school years and beyond.

 

The classical education trivium

 

These are a selection of curricula you can mix and match for your child, from primary school onwards.

 

  1. Traditional i.e. school + worksheets

  2. Classical trivium:  The Classical liberal arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric

  3. Unschooling

  4. Unit studies

  5. Charlotte Mason and Twaddle free literature 

  6. Life of Fred

  7. Montessori

I did a little test on the Charlotte Mason website and found I was suited to the unschooling and classical education methods.

Unschooling to me is Reggio/Waldorf inspired; child-led, nature-based, spiritual, art appreciative, holistic.  There is some sort of routine and ritual such as starting the day with circle time.

The classical trivium observes the following and trains a person to eventually reach mastery by building up layers of knowledge and logic to get to that stage.

I can’t say, as a fresh university grad, that I even had any skill to boast of, for any rhetoric. And I didn’t learn Latin, so learning with my child a second time around really excites me!

Read on about families in Singapore who homeschool, in this ST article!

 


 

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