Is the Traditional Teaching Style right for you

Did you know that there are several different homeschool teaching styles? Your choice will be based on what you are familiar with, the teaching approaches you know of, and the education goals you have for your family. Today, let’s talk about the traditional teaching style!

 Structured teaching and learning. Just follow the curriculum.

When you think traditional, think about the typical American public/private

schoolroom experience of generations. Subjects are systematically covered through each grade level. The teacher teaches each subject separately from a book and uses manipulatives to enhance learning. Students use textbooks, practice in their workbooks, have reviews, and take tests.

And you typically follow an 8-hour school day with a formal weekly plan.


This doesn’t mean that you need to buy a classroom desk or set up a schoolroom. You can if you have space and desire! We did in one of our homes, and it was great. Most homeschoolers simply use their kitchen table, couch, and floor like we did too.

Traditional teaching is popular with many homeschool families.

I know of families who have used this method with every child to successfully educate all of their kids! I started with traditional teaching and evolved over the years to eventually blend most the styles for our homeschool.

Smiling mother helping son with homework while sitting at desk with notebooks in home office

The traditional approach assumes that most kids learn the same way and at the same pace. However, the great thing about homeschooling is you can move quickly through a textbook for your advanced student and allow extra time for your repetitive or slower to understand child!

You can even use computer software, online, and distance learning programs for all or part of your homeschool as well!

There are prepackaged homeschool curricula

Where you can buy an entire grade level with every subject inside of it for that year. And there is curriculum available by individual subjects and grade levels. Both are carefully researched and thoughtfully written, with high education standards, and ready to buy and use in your home.

Come Check Out our HSL Traditional Teaching Style Video

on YouTube for additional information!

You can decide on a company such as BJU Press, Master Books, or Rod and Staff to use all, or select certain subjects, and educate your children using their materials for each grade level from preschool through 12th grade.

You can also be eclectic.

For example, you could choose to use Spelling Power, Explode the Code, A Reason for Handwriting, The Mystery of History, and Math Mammoth for each of your grades.

Homeschool courses are created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers, tailored to fit a family experience instead of a large classroom. Portrait of smiling little girl studying with mother at home, family in backgroundSo they have the heart of one-on-one instruction.  And are usually born out of the author creating it to teach their kids.

Your teaching method can change as your journey continues, and even be a mix!

The traditional teaching approach is textbook versus student-centered, familiar to most of us, and is often used by beginners who aren’t confident or aware of other styles. That was certainly the case for me! I had no idea other methods existed other than the one that I grew up with.

Traditional can be great:

  • To get your family started
  • To build your confidence
  • To ease your conventional schooled child into homeschooling
  • Temporary for a season

The methodology you teach your kids with will determine your homeschool atmosphere, schedule, and your children’s overall education.

Portrait of cute African-American boy smiling at mother while studying at home in minimal white interior


No matter how you teach your kids, if they are learning, you are succeeding!

Traditional is just one of several teaching styles. Do your research. Talk with others. Ask questions. And give it a try if you think if fits you best!



So what are your thoughts on the Traditional Teaching Style?


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Enjoy your #HomeschoolLife!


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