|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.
|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
|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
|Teacher directed according to student’s needs as identified by teacher
|Teacher sets boundaries within which the student works
|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