Piedmont Home Educators Association

Educational Philosophies

Educational Philosophies


One of the benefits and blessings of home schooling is the freedom to choose the teaching methods and philosophy as well as the curriculum. This section is designed to acquaint you as the parent/teacher with your choices. Every step has been taken to assure that each point of view has been tested, researched and explained. While we do not wish to represent one method or teaching style, the reader must be aware that some approaches are not suitable for every child; depending on career goals, academic ability, and skills, some methods may be frustrating or boring for a particular individual. It is best to take all areas of your child’s learning and ability into context as you choose curricula/teaching methods.

In South Carolina, as elsewhere, you will find homeschoolers who represent each of these educational philosophies. Many homeschoolers do not fit into any one category and choose to be “eclectic,” based on the academic and organizational abilities of a particular child and even the capability of a curriculum for a subject. You need to choose the methods and curricula that best match the capabilities and goals of your children. Realize that one approach is not “better” than another for everybody, and that the perfect curriculum just doesn’t exist!

The Traditional Method

The Unit Study Approach

The Classical Approach


The Principle Approach

The Living Books Approah


Recommended Reading

Why Homeschool

Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax

Anyone Can Homeschool by Terry Dorian and Zan Peters Tyler

The Homeschooling Father by Michael Farris

Dumbing Us Down: The Invisible Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

The Christian Home School by Gregg Harris

Teach Your Own by John Holt

The Right Choice: Homeschooling by Chris Klicka

Home Grown Kids by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore

How to Homeschool

Christian Home Educator’s Curriculum Manual (for Elementary grades and Junior/ High School) by Cathy Duffy

Home School, High School, and Beyond by Beverly Adams-Gordon

The Three R’s (booklets on reading/writing/arithmetic for grades K-3) by Dr. Ruth Beechick

You CAN Teach Your Child Successfully (for grades 4-8) by Dr. Ruth Beechick

How to Create Your Own Unit Study by Valerie Bendt

How to Tutor by Samuel Blumenfield

The Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

How to Homeschool: A Practical Approach by Gayle Graham

Teaching Children by Diane Lopez

For the Children’s Sake by Susan S. Macaulay

Homeschooling the High Schooler (Volumes 1, 2, & 3) by Diana McAlister and Candice Oneschak

Schoolproof by Mary Pride

The Big Book of Home Learning by Mary Pride

What Your Child Needs to Know When by Robin Scarlata

A Survivors Guide to Homeschooling by Luanne Shackelford and Susan White

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias

The Home School Manual by Ted Wade

Magazines for Encouragement

Homeschooling Today
☎ (352)-475-308

NATHHAN (for parents of special needs children)
☎ (206)-857-4257

Practical Homeschooling
☎ (800)-346-6322

The Teaching Home
☎ (800)-395-7760