When deciding how to homeschool yourself, you have to do a lot of research. The legality of homeschooling in your area, time management practices, and more all have to be learned before you can get started. Another thing you should research but may not have considered is the different types of homeschooling methods available. In the past few decades, homeschooling has evolved and become a catch-all word covering a diverse spectrum of education methods.

1. Traditional Homeschooling
You may prefer to use a paper and pencil curriculum, reading physical textbooks and taking notes, writing exams by hand, etc. This is traditional homeschooling, and many students still use this method. It has the advantage of being familiar, so you probably won’t have to learn how to use any complicated technologies or pieces of software in order to take advantage of this method.

On the other hand, traditional homeschooling also fails to take advantage of various new technologies that can greatly enhance your learning experience. Newer curricula incorporate educational software, videos, audio, and more. Learning to interpret spoken words in a language is very hard if you only have a textbook to work with! For the technologically inept, however, this is the ideal choice if you want simplicity.

2. Online Education

A wide variety of online homeschooling programs have sprung up in recent years. These range from fully accredited, reputable programs to shady operations that suddenly close shop after receiving enough enrolment fees. You will have to be careful to research a curriculum before deciding to use it, and seek out former students to ask them about their experiences. The advantages of this method include interaction with the teacher or fellow students, the ability to take advantage of new technology, and a more “high tech” feel for those who love to use gadgets and hate handwriting.

Disadvantages of online education range from the learning curve involved with using proprietary software that you aren’t familiar with to the great variety of programs that you must sort through in order to find one that’s right for you. If you enjoy using computers and want a more group-oriented, interactive learning experience, this might be good for you.

3. Free Resources

You may not be able to get a formal certificate or diploma through this option, but you can certainly get a great education. Depending on what you’re seeking, this could be the perfect compromise between price and formal recognition. Sometimes, you can use free resources to gain a thorough education in some field that you can then write a proficiency test in, if you wish to gain formal credit for it.

The best option for you is impossible for anyone else to determine. You have to stop and evaluate just what you’re looking to get from homeschooling, where your skills and interests lie, and which method would best suit your situation.

These are three of the most common methods for homeschooling yourself. More methods exist, and some combine the methods above, but these are the most popular.