|GOALS||Promote self-discipline, good work habits,develop good memory
-can't be creative in a vacuum
|Integrate education with everyday learning while producing children who are self-directed, self-disciplined and who love learning.||Give child joy in learning.
Allow the child to grow from within.
|CURRICULUM||Tends to be textbook oriented||Uses textbooks and workbooks||Tends to be activity oriented, e.g. trial and error learning|
|Purchases a complete curriculum and follows it daily||Uses some curriculum but not rigidly adhered to||Uses resources around the home, from the library, from the community.
As the need arises might use some traditional curriculum
|EVALUATION||Subject lines remain distinct||Parent may teach basic math and language separately but allow more freedom in other areas of study||There is more an incorporating of subjects around a central theme as in a unit study|
|Regularly scheduled testing||May test score subjects||Evaluation on a daily basis by observing the child|
|SCHEDULE||Teacher directed according to student's needs as identified by teacher||Teacher sets boundaries within which the student works||Student directed|
|Scheduled day prepared in advance by teacher according to child's needs||Work generally planned by parent but student makes choices within parameters||Parent follows child's lead and gives help when required|
|School begins at a certain time - determined by parent||Flexible - somewhat controlled by parent||Child determines when learning will occur|
|More work done at the desk - fewer field trips||Somewhere in between||Less work done at the desk - learning takes place where it takes place|