Homeschooling Styles Series – School At Home

Hello there, today I’ll be sharing some information about another Homeschooling Style – School At Home, and it’s exactly what the name says School At Home!

Media tends to use this method when talking about Homeschooling because it’s probably the easiest way to help uniformed ones to understand about Homeschooling.

homeschool styles series - school at home homeschooling method

School At Home parents purchase a boxed or ready-made curriculum which usually comes with books, textbooks, schedules, record keeping, and even some experiment materials. The curriculum provides a schedule for the family to follow and they may also offer online or/and phone support for the parents.

School at Home can be very helpful for families that are just starting because the boxed curriculum gives the new homeschoolers a more structured start. Some families choose this style because that’s what they are more familiar with. There are still other families that opt for this style because due to varying circumstances, they may have had to pull their kids out of public mid-year, and adhering to this style helps with the transition.

You will find that some families just use this style as a starting point, other families stick with it throughout their homeschooling journey.  I’ve seen both cases and these families are thriving in their homeschooling journey.

Other families use this approach but create their own schedule  as they may feel they need more flexibility.

The books, textbooks and grading system are very similar to the Public School System and it can offer peace of mind to some families as they know that what their kids are learning  is meeting the state’s requirements for their level. This can be a determining factor to some families, because knowing that their kids are at the same academic level as the kids their age, is important for them in case they have to send their kids back to school.

Tests and assignments might be turned in for grading and record keeping.

So, let’s summarize it:

Pros of School At Home – Homeschooling Style:

  • Boxed/ready-made curriculum provide a structured starting point for families
  • More likely to meet the state’s education requirements
  • Children’s learning is in alignment with the academic level of kids their age in case they go back to public school
  • The parents know what to teach and when to teach


Cons of School At Home – Homeschooling Style:

  • It can be quite expensive
  • Some curricula can be very time consuming for the parents
  • May not fit with the philosophies and goals of the homeschooling parents
  • Some curricula doesn’t offer much wiggle room or flexibility

Unfortunately, I don’t know any family that blogs with this style of Homeschooling but I do have some of the most popular resources for those who are interested in this type of Homeschooling Style.

Resources to explore:

Calvert Education


Pear Blossom Private School K-8


K-12 Online Education Program

If you missed my Homeschool Vision Statement & Goals post click here. Also, the first post of the Homeschooling Styles series shared information about Eclectic Homeschooling, click here if you want to check it out.

Next post, I’ll be sharing more about another Homeschooling Style – Unschooling, so stay tuned!

The information above is intended to help you understand what Homeschooling Styles are out there, but don’t feel pressured  to label your homeschooling. However, I do believe that knowing what style you fit in helps you in finding the most appropriate curriculum to your homeschool.

The best style is the one that resonates with your Homeschool vision and goals.

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Vanessa Z. Pawlicki

Homeschool Styles – Eclectic Homeschooling

Hello there, I’m here to talk today about the different Homeschol Styles and today we will learn especifically about Eclectic Homeschooling . I hope you enjoyed the last post on  How to Write your Homeschool Vision Statement. You’re probably feeling very excited to start your homeschooling journey because now you know your vision – your destination and you have set the goals you want to achieve by the end of the school year. I’m so happy for you and your family.

So now you have the vision statement and your goals but you’re not sure what curriculum to buy. Which of the many curricula out there will be the best fit for your family. So let me tell you something, before you get into that you will need to find out what’s the best approach or Homeschool Style for you and your family, and that’s the purpose of this new series of posts entitled Homeschool Styles.


Each post will give you some information and  I’ll share some other Homeschooling Moms you can follow and learn more about them and the Homeschool Style  they are using. By having all this knowledge you will be able to make a more informed decision and not waste your precious time, energy and money trying to find the right curriculum and resources for your homeschooling. It might be confusing right now, but you’ll understand what I’m talking about and very soon.

In this series of articles I will share information about the following Homeschool Styles:

  • Eclectic Homeschooling
  • School At Home
  • Unschooling
  • Classical Homeschooling
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Waldorf
  • Montessori
  • Unit Studies Approach


So to start it off, let’s start talking about the Homeschool Style we use, which is:

Homeschool Style – Eclectic Homeschooling

Eclectic Homeschooling is one of the most popular and most often used, because it’s highly flexible and affords for individualization. If your family has more than one child, each child will probably do better with one curriculum than the other and that’s where the flexibility and individualization comes in handy, because we want to make sure each kid learns well and develops a lifelong love for learning, therefore each child will have the curriculum or material that best fits their leaning style.

An eclectic homeschool family will most likely be researching new curriculum every year, because we know there’s no such a thing as the perfect curriculum. You might see that Eclectic homeschoolers also tweak their curriculum and supplement it quite often. We tend to use a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make the whole experience enjoyable and tailored to our children.

I learned that trying to make a curriculum that doesn’t seem to be a good fit work is pointless and will only lead to frustration both mine and from my child. It will diminish the love for learning that I worked so hard for her to develop.

Please,  don’t feel pressured to make the money’s worth, don’t be worried about trying something new in the middle of the year, if it’s for the better go for it.

Let me give you a real example: even though I love the Math Curriculum we were using, V wasn’t feeling excited anymore about the activities and I saw her desire to do Math dwindle. I had to act quickly and research about other Math curricula. I found one that had great reviews and so we decided to try it, we tried the sample lessons and she was hooked right away. She was so excited when the new curriculum arrived she didn’t even want to wait for the new school year to start using this new curriculum.

An Eclectic Homeschooler may use text books, worksheets, online videos, apps, make lots of field trips, incorporate unit studies, add some aspects of Charlotte Manson or Montessori in the school routine. All in all  it doesn’t mean that it’s unorganized or unclear. Eclectic Homeschoolers work really hard to bring the best to their children’s learning experience. We believe that the best is a little bit of this and a little bit of that because the possibilities are endless.

Let’s summarize it:


  • The parents can cater the curriculum for each child’s need and learning style
  • You get to experiment with resources from other styles of homeschooling to find out what from that style fits best for each child
  • There’s flexibility to try new things
  • The kids really enjoy learning because the teaching it’s tailored to their learning style and needs
  • You get get to supplement a curriculum to add more hands on or fun activities


  • It can be expensive trying to find the curriculum that will best fit your homeschooling needs or even to supplement the curriculum you’re using
  • It does require a lot of research for curricula and for supplemental activities

We truly enjoy being eclectic homeschooler but we want you to know more about it, we want you to explore a little more so here we have a few links from other Homeschooling Families to help you with that:

  • Confessions of a Homeschooler: Erica’s website has been the first one I started to visit and I learned so much about homeschooling through her and love her resources.
  • 1plus1plus1equals1: Carisa is also one of the first homeschooling moms I started to follow in my journey.
  • The Moffat Girls: we have been following and using her activities since we started homeschooling as well.

Visit them so you can learn a little more and figure out if Eclectic Homeschooling is the right fit for you!

Next post I’ll be sharing more about another Homeschooling Style – School At Home.

It’s my hope that the information above helps you out in making the most informed decision, but if you have questions please feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email at or use our contact form under the contact tab.

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Vanessa Z. Pawlicki




Homeschool Vision Statement & Goals

Hi there, today I want to talk about something that I feel is really important to any Homeschooling Family out there – your family’s Homeschool Vision and Goals. It’s not mandatory but it’s really helpful for so many reasons.

Since we are at that time of the year where many of us are planning the school year ahead and some are even about to start the new school year, this is the right time to talk about it. Every year I make a new Homeschool Vision Statement sheet, because I take a look at the older one and I see areas that deserve improvements, and we add things here and there throughout the year and having this vision established helps me not to lose track of the core of why we homeschool and our goals.

This is an activity I believe the whole family should participate because all members in the family are affected by it. You can even make all family members sign it once it’s done, make it a tradition in your house.

Why should the kids participate?

It helps them to express their feelings and their ideas – they are the students and should have a saying in the matter (if age appropriate, of course). Also, knowing about the Family Vision for the Homeschool Year and knowing why the family chooses to homeschool  and what are the goals, helps them to become and feel more involved in making the vision a success.

What are the benefits of having a Homeschool Vision – Mission and Goals?
  • Helps you to make better curriculum choices: you’ll more likely choose curriculum that will match your vision. For example, my vision and goal for homeschool is to have as much hands on activities as possible to make learning fun, therefore I won’t waste time or money in curriculum that doesn’t fit this vision and goal.
  • Helps you to better plan your school year: if you want to include several field trips or traveling throughout the year you will take it into account when planning your school year. You’ll plan what you will bring with you, what subjects will be studied during the trips. (Just an example).
  • It will keep you motivated: let’s be real, Homeschooling isn’t easy and there are days that we will feel discouraged and having this vision is so important, because looking at it on those days you’re feeling discouraged or overwhelmed helps you to remember why you are doing this and gives you that incentive to continue on.
  • Important tool to set the goals: when you have a vision of what you want your homeschooling experience to be you can easily set the short and long term goals of your Homeschool. You will be more intentional about it.
  • Avoid falling into the comparison trap: each homeschool family is unique and so are your circumstances, goals and vision. It’s so easy to see all those great blogs with perfect homeschooling pictures, perfect school room but the reality isn’t that perfect. Sometimes when we look at other families we can’t help but wonder how do they do all that? Why can’t I do the same? That my friend is the worst thing you can do to yourself and to your family, and that’s why if you have your vision written down you’ll be more likely to avoid falling into the unproductive and negative trap of comparison. You’ll remember YOUR vision, YOUR goals and shift the focus back to what’s important.

I just covered some of the benefits of creating your Homeschool vision statement, so now let’s dive into how do we go about in creating our Homeschool Vision Statement?

Writing Your Vision Statement

Now comes the fun and most important part, and please make sure you write it down, don’t rely on your memory for this. It’s time consuming but you’ll see the benefits and each year it will become easier.


Each family will have its own vision statement and goals. A great way to start is by answering the following questions:

  • Why do we homeschool?
  • Why do we think homeschool is the best option for our children’s education?
  • What values do we want our kids to develop?
  • What inspired our decision to homeschool?
  • What will determine the success in our homeschooling?
  • How can we make the homeschooling experience successful?
  • How do I want my kids to feel about homeschooling?
  • What life skills we want our children to develop through homeschooling?

Once you have pondered over these questions and written your Homeschool Vision Statement you’ll see how easily you can set your goals.

How to set short and long terms goals?

Again, this is different for each family, but you can start by setting long and short terms goals for each of the categories below:

  • Academic
  • Family
  • Spiritual

Add as many categories you would like, it’s your family vision statement and goals.

So now, the good news is that I prepared a Vision Statement worksheet that you can download for free.

Just click here and  grab your copy!

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Vanessa Z. Pawlicki