Home Educating Styles & Voices

Updated for 2015. Many of the links on this page were no longer valid. If you know of a website (not for profit) that would benefit this page, please do email it in to me via the Contact Us page. See also the Home Education Learning Styles page.

Montessori
I can fill a whole page with Montessori links, just for starters, so that is what I have done! Click above to get to a page full of sites of descriptions of the method, support sites, pictures of the materials, articles and ways to use Montessori in the home, international Montessori communities, the list is endless. I hope you will give it a look – I have moved a long way from thinking it was a way of hot-housing children into the right prep-school, to realizing it is a fantastic method for helping my child feel part of her home, important to the running of her home and helping to give her skills that give her pleasure and power.

Charlotte Mason
My first 8 years were spent in a small Charlotte Mason (PNEU) school in Nottingham. I had no idea I had been taught according to Home Education Principles of the 19th and early 20th Century but I do know it was a fantastic experience. In a warm and friendly teaching environment we were encouraged to find out for ourselves, follow projects, learn about fine art and beautiful music, read whatever we chose and follow our inclinations to discover knowledge. I will never forget Mrs Sears religiously finding out chemical symbols for me to collect every week, or the patience of Mrs Peters teaching us french from the age of 6. I have now found some CM links and am working through them to find the best of the best!!!!!!!

John Holt
Another prolific writer of homeschooling common sense, written from an American point of view. Definitely anti-schooling, Holt strove to give parents and children the courage to follow their hearts and educate in a way that suited the individual family.

John Gatto
A list of articles by a superb writer on education. I am just starting to work my way through them, but they are good.

Rudolph Steiner/Waldorf
Philosophy of this approach explained via their website.

National Curriculum
It seems only fair to include this page too because lots of home educators in the UK use the National Curriculum, even though it is not a requirement. Many parents like to check their children are reasonably in line, skills wise, with others of their age and ability. There will undoubtedly be good ideas for projects in amongst this site, or just reassurance that you are doing fine!