Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Quiz - What Homeschooling Method is Right for You?

You will certainly keep your own child's learning style in mind when choosing homeschool curriculum, but the teaching parent's personality, beliefs, and attitudes are important considerations, too.

Rate the following statements according to how strongly you agree with them.

a = I absolutely agree.
b = I mostly agree.
c = I'm 50/50 on this one.
d = I mostly disagree.
e = I absolutely disagree.

1. Given the chance, most children will learn on their own.

2. Schedules and structure enhance the learning process.

3. I would not choose to homeschool, but extenuating circumstances require that I do.

4. I like to do things "from scratch", such as bake bread, garden, sew, carpentry, etc.

5. I am more independent than most people I know.

6. I do my best work when I know what is expected of me and am given step-by-step directions to follow.

7. I dislike being accountable to others on family or personal issues.

8. In most things, a professional is likely to achieve better results than the average person can.

9. I am a good parent.

10. I tend to be a leader.

11. I tend to be a follower.

12. Nothing motivates me more than seeing items checked off on my To-Do list.

13. I am not very organized or disciplined, and I'm really okay with that.

14. I am not very organized or disciplined, but I wish I were.

15. I have always wanted to teach my children at home.

16. I am already an experienced homeschooler.

17. I enjoy learning new things.

18. I read instruction manuals.

19. I am successful at most things I attempt to do.

20. I don't like to shop.

21. I usually buy the same brands of grocery products each week.

22. It is very important to me that my family and friends approve of my choices.

Now, on questions 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 19, give yourself one point for each a, two points for each b, three points for each c, four points for each d, and five points for each e.

On questions 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, and 22, give yourself five points for each a, four points for each b, three points for each c, two points for each d, and one point for each e.

Add up your score and compare it to the following:

22-50 points: You tend to desire structure in your life. You will probably feel comfortable with a traditional curriculum containing textbooks and a teacher's manual or with the programs that offer a series of workbooks to be completed. You would probably rather obtain all of your resources from one publisher.

If you use Time4Learning, you probably follow the program's recommended sequence and enjoy seeing the icons being marked as "completed" or "mastered". You are more likely than other Time4Learning parents to use the worksheets and you are probably quite familiar with the lesson plans.

51-80 points: You desire structure, with flexibility built in. You shop for just the right curriculum, and you feel free to change when something isn't working. You are likely to purchase a student text without the teacher's manual, or to substitute one science experiment for another if just the right supplies aren't handy. While you usually rely on traditional textbooks, you probably purchase curriculum from several publishers.

If you use Time4Learning, you usually follow the program's recommended sequence, but you don't hesitate to make modifications when you feel it's necessary. You are more likely than other members to use Time4Learning for just one subject. If you use Time4Learning as your core, you probably scout out additional resources to add to the curriculum.

81 - 110 points: You lean toward nontraditional or unschooling methods. You have looked at classical education and unit studies. Textbooks bore you, and you doubt they are the best method of educating anyone.

If you use Time4Learning, you are more likely than other members to let your child to set the pace. You may use Time4Learning almost as a computer game, allowing the student to choose lessons that look interesting to him.

How did you do? Is your score an accurate reflection of your personality?


  1. this quiz is dead on! lol! i scored 62 which put me in the "likes structure but also flexibility" - totally right! after 3 years of HSing, i have figured out we, as a family, work best with a schedule but always knowing we can change things up if we want or need to :-)
    this was fun!

  2. I agree with the other comment that this quiz is dead on-I scored 73, meaning that I like structure and flexibility-YES! I sat here nodding my head to everything it said. I'm brand new at homeschooling, and was freaking out a bit but, this was really helpful at reaffirming how I want to teach. Thanks so much!


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