For many individuals just getting started with homeschooling, the home classroom is the ideal place to start. This method is the closest to traditional schooling methods. Basically, you will go over all the subjects with your child just like they would learn in a classroom.
What is the Home Classroom?
The home classroom is the closest you can get to a traditional classroom experience at home. A child will go over each of the traditional subjects taught in school and will spend about an hour per subject each day. Most curriculum includes science, math, social studies, grammar and English, history, geography, and language, and religion. Subjects vary by grade just as they do in a traditional classroom.
How Does the Home Classroom Work?
A home classroom can work in several ways depending on the medium for the schooling. There are three popular home classroom methods: textbook, videos, and online.
In this method, children learn primarily from workbooks or textbooks. The child would sit at a table or desk and work through the books as in a traditional classroom. Instruction length can vary from about 5 to 8 hours each day.
With this method, the child watches and instructor through a series of videos. Some curriculums video entire classes, while others only film the teaching instruction for each class. The child then fills in the school work in traditional textbooks. This form of home classroom typically takes about 7-8 hours a day.
This method will vary by curriculum, but basically, rather than watch a video on a television screen, a child either views the lesson online in video format, or listens to the instruction in some other format. The child will then record most of their answers online. This method takes anywhere from 6-8 hours a day.
What are the Benefits of the Home Classroom?
A home classroom is the closest method to traditional schooling. States that have strict homeschooling laws often prefer this form of education. Some curicculums even offer accredited teaching and grading. Home classrooms offer well-rounded subjects that provide the necessary information that children need to pass standardized tests for each grade level.
What are the Drawbacks of the Home Classroom?
The home classroom can be very teacher-intensive, because of the length of time. It is also one of the most expensive forms of home education. The home classroom may not be a good fit with the personality of some active children.
Where Can I Learn More about the Home Classroom?
The Simple Homeschool
Timberdoodle Complete Curriculum Packages
What are Some Home Classroom Curriculums?
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