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Styles of Home Education
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  • Approaches learning in three stages (trivium): grammar, logic and rhetoric.

  • The model that was used by Aristotle, Plato, CS Lewis.

  • Children explore "Great Books" (classics) and masterpiece resources.

  • Focuses on depth of learning and understanding rather than breadth.

Project Based

  • PBL is inquiry-based learning or learning by doing and is led, directed and managed by the child's interests.

  • Exploration of real-world problems and challenges.

  • Children typically learn about topics or produce work that integrates multiple subjects and skill areas.

  • Learning is deep, complex and layered.

Natural Learning

  • Also known as "Unschooling", this approach to learning is simply a conscious decision that learning should take place in a natural manner without coercion.

  • Supportive home environment in which a child is safe to develop as they wish and at their own pace. 

  • Child led with access to a rich assortment of resources in the home and community.

Charlotte Mason

  • This approach is based on the philosophy that the child is a person and must be educated as a whole person, not just their mind.

  • Children must be respected and will learn best in real-life situations.

  • Utilises "Living Books", oral narrations and book summaries.

  • Nature and music studies are emphasised.

Unit Studies

  • Learning activities are tied to a theme. This can provide a hands-on approach that incorporates multiple subjects such as maths, science & language arts.

  • A topic is chosen by the parent, child or family consensus.

  • Popular with families who have multiple children in different ages or learning stages.


  • ​Borrowing from the different education styles , parents "mix and match" and put together their own approach and resources for their children's education.

  • Not committed to one particular 'school of thought' but tends to take a bit from each.

  • Often an exceptionally personalised approach for each individual child based on their strengths, learning styles, and interests.


  • This method of education that is personalised to each child's learning style, stage of development, and interests.

  • Emphasises kinaesthetic and sensory learning. 

  • Parents create a prepared environment that encourages students to explore and discover.