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Traditional Homeschooling Style


So you took the Homeschool Style Quiz and you found out you have a Traditional Homeschooling approach. Or maybe you just want to learn more about this homeschool style. Traditional homeschooling essentially means “playing school”. It means taking a traditional school setting and trying to mimic it in your homeschool.

You know you’re a traditional homeschooler if:

  1. You have little desks for each of your children (and maybe even a teacher’s desk for you!)
  2. You love workbooks
  3. You love schedules and have a little planner for both you and the children
  4. You have a regular homeschool day that you try to never sway from
  5. You write down “recess” (I do that by the way)
  6. You pack your kids little lunches in the fridge so that they are getting the full experience
  7. You want your kids to be completely on track with their school aged friends
  8. You focus on curriculum that aligns with what the schools are teaching (at least in ability and concept)
  9. You love tests and evaluations to track your progress
  10. You have a little filing cabinet you fill with examples of your students work and maybe an attendance list
  11. You are drawn to curriculum that has a teachers planner and very well laid out lessons
  12. You love to teach TO your kids

Now after reading that list, some of it may be a bit of an exaggeration to you, but you may be sensing that this is not the most effective homeschool style, and for many people that is the case. But it is a common approach, especially for new homeschoolers. Why? Because it is the way I was homeschooled, it is the way you grew up in the school system (or homeschool) and it is how you were taught or modelled learning, so naturally you are going to continue in the same pattern.

Traditional homeschooling has it’s pros and cons, but it can (and often does) breed burnout, discouragement, and a feeling of failure. Because home life is different than school, it is messy, it is busy! You have multiple grades you are working with at the same time! You have good days and a lot of bad ones, and you have such high expectations that when it doesn’t work you feel like an utter failure. It is important to remember that there are so many other ways we can approach homeschooling now that may work better for you if you are willing to learn about them.

I was 100% a traditional homeschooling mom when I started. I fought to stay on that way, but the reality was I was burning out, my kids were hating school, and I was very unhappy and discouraged. So I broke away from what was natural to me, I explored new methods and brought new curriculum into our homeschool and I have never found so much joy and contentment as I have now!

That being said, some kids just thrive in that environment. I have one of those myself. I personally loved learning in that environment. Some children are drawn to workbooks, to bookwork and tests and paper and writing. For those children, this might very well be an effective method of homeschooling.

Take a look at some of the other styles or take the quiz for yourself here! And make sure to pin this on your homeschool board for later!

What is traditional homeschooling and what does it look like? Come take the quiz and find out if you are a traditional homeschooler! traditional homeschool | homeschool style


Is your homeschool style traditional or do you want it to be? Why? What appeals to you the most in this style? Comment below!

Make sure you go back and take the homeschool style quiz if you haven’t already, and take the time to read about each of the homeschool styles. The more we can become aware of the focus of each style, the more we will find what resonates the most with us, and sometimes that is fluid and changing!


  1. I tried to link up with your Chat (thanks for the offer- but I’m not on face book- husband advises against it as time is soaked up already enough without that adding to the mix!)
    Anyhow, just want to say a Big Thank You for your encouragement (through taking the quiz and through the above ‘Traditional’ post): to make a change!!
    I must say I stumbled across your ‘Take the Quiz’ page in the search of a last attempt to keep homeschooling. It feels like Life is not working let alone ‘school’, because of the way we have been dong things. (It did for a season.)
    Your words of experience have helped me realise / face that it is not working now, and I’ve been encouraged from your own testimony of making a change – I hope for the joy and contentment too!
    I will now retake the quiz, and read the various posts.
    Did you write a post on your transition, how you did it or what changes you made from the traditional style?
    Thanks Again and God bless!! Donna, England

  2. Oh my. I stubled upon your homeschool quiz as I was searching for ways to help my seven year old find focus during our homeschool day. I am a first generation homeschooler. Was never homeschooled myself, public school through most of my schooling years, then private my senior year. I just knew then that homeschooling was the way I was going to go when I got married and had kids. We have been STRUGGLING with school the last few weeks. My kids gung-ho about it this year, we actually started four weeks early. I am almost in tears, as you hit the nail on the head with the quiz. Traditional homeschooler here. But now I don’t know what to do. Do I keep going with the way things are now, textbooks and such, or do I scrap it all and scrour the web for free things? My youngest isn’t doing poorly, but he would probably benefit from something other than textbook learning. We can’t afford to scrap it all and start all over. (Who can?) Im so scared I’m doing it all wrong, my kids are going to end up emotionally scarred for life, and my family is going to say, “I told you so.”

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