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HOME-SCHOOLING Home-schooling is a very controversial issue Home-schooling began in the United States and Canada during the late 19th century allowing many children to obtain a formal education at home In the 1960s and 70s some families began home-schooling their children to provide an education in which the child was free to pursue subjects that stimulated the childs interest In the 1980s and 90s even more families began home-schooling often because of religious convictions but also because they believe that their children were not receiving a proper education Although children who are home-schooled have many options regarding their methods of home-schooling and wonderful opportunities as well they do miss the benefits of many friends and social gatherings There is more than one way to home-school a child John Holt started a method called un-schooling in November of 1977 Over the years un-schooling has come to mean a more relaxed casual form of home-schooling to many people but there are various un-schoolers who do use textbooks and curricula Un-schooling is more of a mindset than a method Another method is curriculum based where home-schooled children buy pre-set curriculums Examples would consist of the Oak Meadow Curriculum or Calvert Oak Meadow believes that the child must develop his or her own intellect but that they should also incorporate his or her heart hands and mind In later grades students are encouraged to become involved in their communities to develop a talent to be of service to others and to develop self-empowerment and leadership skills There are numerous other types of ways to home-school a child The Saxon method developed by John Saxon gives a systematic tool for parents that feel the need for structure Umbrella Schooling gives legitimacy to home-schooling in states that generally discourage it Montessori which is also a school itself uses a hands-on approach to schooling Home-school teachers can use quite a few more resources There are many wonderful opportunities that a child
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