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Homeschool Philosophies Quiz


Try out our brand new Homeschool Philosophies quiz!  This version has a few philosophies that we revised to give you more accurate results.  We’ve also added in two new philosophies.

Find out how you score with Charlotte Mason Education, Classical Education, Montessori, Project-Based Learning, Reggio-Inspired Learning, Thomas Jefferson Education, Traditional Education, a Unit Studies Approach, an Unschooling Approach, and Waldorf Education.

Share your results in the comments.  Did anything surprise you?  Do you think it is accurate?

To see the previous version, click here.

Great books from history and literature should be used in place of textbooks.
Topical studies are a great way to learn.
Child-led learning is important.
Living books, projects, and activities are preferable to textbooks, workbooks, and worksheets.
Children should design their own curriculum.
Children should have long periods of uninterrupted time for child-led study.
Lessons that can be used with multiple ages and grades are best.
I prefer to purchase grade-level curriculum packages that are planned out for me.
Natural life experiences are where learning truly happens.
The parent's role is to help the child pursue his/her goals and interests.
Instruction should be language-based with little use of screens.
Incorporating many different subjects into one study is preferable.
Creative play should be emphasized in early childhood with no formal learning before age 7.
The parent's role is to inspire the child to learn rather than require him to learn.
Living books are better than textbooks.
It is important to cultivate wisdom and virtue in our homeschool.
Social responsibility, empathy, creativity, and free thinking are important in my children's education.
Learning should be based on a child's interests.
Learning ideas is more important than memorizing facts.
A parents role is to model a love for learning, a love for work, a curious nature, and read a lot.
Learning to write clearly and use elegant language is important.
Children will learn when they are ready.
Education should include practical activities like household chores or handcrafts.
Children should redo work until it is excellent.
Education should be driven by a child's interests.
Exploring ideas from great thinkers is important.
A parent's role is to study and read while the child studies and reads.
Learning is best done in larger blocks of time.
Short lessons with focused attention are better than big chunks of time.
Avoiding screens for children who are elementary age or younger is important.
Tests and grades should be given in elementary or middle school.
It is better to study a wide variety of subjects than to focus mainly on reading, writing, and math.
Our learning environment looks like a mini-classroom.
Tests and grades may hinder learning.
Children learn well in multi-age groups.
Topical studies help children make connections between subjects.
Children should spend lots of time outside.
Adults should search out answers together with the child rather than give answers.
Being able to transition into a public or private school classroom is important.
Expression through art and music is important in my homeschool.
A parent's role is to act less like a teacher and more like a mentor to help their children learn.
I want to use curriculum similar to what is used in public or private schools.
The child's learning area needs to be organized and aesthetically pleasing.
Children learn best by doing their own investigations in the world.
Projects are an excellent way to engage in deep, complex learning.
Great works of literature, art, history, and philosophy are important to study.
The parent's role is to facilitate the child's learning.
Art, music, gardening, and foreign language are important subjects.
Making things is an important part of learning.
Learning is best done in a clutter-free environment filled with natural light.

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  1. Score for Charlotte Mason: -3
    Score for Classical Education: 8
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Project-Based Learning: 4
    Score for Reggio-Inspired:6
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 3
    Score for Traditional Education: 6
    Score for Unit Studies Approach: 12
    Score for Unschooling Approach: -3
    Score for Waldorf Education: 1

  2. My highest was unschooling followed by a tie between Charlotte Mason and classical.
    -23 for traditional

  3. Unit studies, Montesori, unschooling.

    My kids are grown and have kids of their own – we homeschooled along time ago. I would do it differently now – but not a lot differently. I think I’d include more classic literature.
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  4. CM, Classical, and Montessori, which makes a lot of sense as we are a CM family.

  5. Unschooling/Project-based/Montessori. I’d say that’s quite accurate. I also found it comical that I scored very negative for traditional. That is DEFINITELY accurate, lol!

  6. Classical, CM, Then a tie between Waldorf and Montessori. Interesting. I have done Classical in the past but found it too intense for us. CM is too scattered and hard to pull together. So, yeah, I fall somewhere between the two.

    (-23 for traditional. Lol)

  7. My results were Charlotte Mason, Classical education and project based

  8. Unschooling, Reggio, and Montessori (closely followed by Charlotte Mason and Project based)

  9. My high scores were classical and Charlotte Mason with Waldorf coming in a distant third. I have been homeschooling since 1995 and this is pretty much bang on!

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  11. This is fabulous, thank you! We’ve made the decision to HE in the last week. My researcher personality has been a little overwhelmed by all the information and various philosophies. This helps me to focus on looking into project based and unschooling, which is what I’ve been attracted to. I also got equal scores for Reggio, Charlotte and unit studies. The -12 for tradition schooling surprised me! I’ve finally concluded that if neither my husband nor I enjoyed school from a learning perspective, and our nearly 13-year-old daughter certainly isn’t, why continue it? Now I’m excited to be learning with her!

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  13. My high scores were Charlotte Mason, Unit studies and Montessori. Surprised by Montessori, so I will check in to it more. Proud of my -15 in traditional school 😀

  14. Our results were Charlotte Mason, Montessori and Unschooling. We mainly use a Montessori approach right now, and I will be looking into the other approaches.

    I did receive a -13 in Traditional Schooling which did not surprise me at all. I do not believe in Traditional schooling or curriculum at all.

    Thanks for the test!

  15. My top 3 were unit studies, unschooling and Charlotte Mason. I haven’t started home ed yet and don’t know much about each different philosophy so this was really helpful. Thanks.

  16. Haha. Mine were classical, traditional, and Unschooling. That’s funny because mostly we hold to Charlotte Mason philosphy.

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