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What Kind of Homeschooler Are You?

What Kind of Homeschooler Are You? Quiz

What kind of homeschooler are you? Take this quiz to see which educational philosophies best match your homeschool.

This quiz has just been updated. The previous quiz had an error in tabulating the Charlotte Mason total. Also, we have updated some of the Waldorf and Traditional (School at Home) questions to better reflect those approaches.

When you are done with the quiz, check out Homeschool Philosophies:  A Resource List to find out more about the different philosophies.

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

1) Great books from history and literature should be used in place of textbooks.

2) Art, music, gardening, and foreign language are important subjects.

3) I want to use curriculum similar to what is used in public or private schools.

4) Child-led learning is important.

5) Early elementary years should focus on exploring the world with no formal lessons.

6) The parent's most important job in education is to teach the child how to learn.

7) Short lessons with focused attention are better than big chunks of time.

8) Lessons that can be used with multiple ages and grades are best.

9) I prefer to purchase grade-level curriculum packages that are planned out for me.

10) Learning is more effective when the child is interested.

11) Discussions are a major part of learning.

12) Topical studies are a great way to learn.

13) Instruction should be language-based with little use of screens.

14) Incorporating many different subjects into one study is preferable.

15) Early childhood should emphasize creative play and formal learning should be avoided before age 7.

16) A child's passion for learning should drive their education.

17) Living books are a great tool for learning.

18) I desire my children to have a rigorous education.

19) Social responsibility, empathy, creativity, and free thinking are important in my children's education.

20) Learning ideas are more important than memorizing facts.

21) Living books, projects, and activities are preferable to textbooks, workbooks, and worksheets.

22) The parent's role is to facilitate the child's education and not to teach.

23) Parents should model a love for learning, a love for work, a curious nature, and read a lot.

24) Learning to write clearly and use elegant language is important.

25) Children will learn when they are ready.

26) Education should include practical activities like household chores or handcrafts.

27) Being able to transition into a public or private school classroom is important.

28) Education is the child's responsibility.

29) Latin and logic are important subjects.

30) Parents should study and read while the child studies and reads.

31) Learning is best done in larger blocks of time.

32) Children should have long periods of uninterrupted time for child-led study.

33) Avoiding screens for children who are elementary age or younger is important.

34) Tests and grades should be given in elementary or middle school.

35) It is better to study a wide variety of subjects than to focus mainly on reading, writing, and math.

36) Our learning environment looks like a mini-classroom.

37) Learning how to learn is a priority.

38) Children should learn at their own pace.

39) Topical studies help children make connections between subjects.

40) Children should spend lots of time outside.


Be sure to click Submit Quiz to see your results!



420 Comments:

  1. Cool!
    Score for Waldorf Education: 21
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 3
    Score for Montessori Education: 14
    Score for Unschooling: 3

  2. Top 3
    Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 15
    Score for Classical Education: 13

    If you asked me my philosophy I would say Strongly Charlotte Mason with Waldorf and Montessori inspired elements. BUT I love the idea of latin so I think that bumped my classical score :)

  3. Your Results:

    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 6
    Score for Traditional Education: 3
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 11
    Score for Unschooling: 18
    Score for Classical Education: 0

    • Same here. However we do not have proof of most of our unit studies, since we just soak it in and discuss things then move on.

  4. charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, Montesorri—pretty much spot on.

  5. Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 16
    Score for Montessori Education: 16

    We actually are Eclectic Homeschoolers, though I do find myself interested in all three methods above, too. Had to laugh when it showed the score for traditional education as -11 as my degree is Liberal Studies, the base for Elementary Education. I have some of what I learned in college as well as what I used in traditional schools (one year as a full time classroom teacher for middle school electives, and other years as a substitute teacher) many years ago before I had our youngest daughter. She does not fit in well with the traditional school model, and I decided to homeschool her in the middle of 2nd grade. It’s been 9 years now and we are still plugging away. :)

  6. Montessori 25, Charlotte Mason 20 Unschooling 19 sounds about right especially the -21 for traditional

  7. That was fun! Seems quite accurate for me, too. Top 3: Montessori, Charlotte Mason, unschooling. I have always considered myself to have a pretty eclectic approach. Got a negative number for traditional. 😉
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  8. Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 0
    Score for Waldorf Education: 16
    Score for Traditional Education: -6
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 19
    Score for Montessori Education: 21
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 5
    Score for Unschooling: 13
    Score for Classical Education: 11

    I have to be honest and say I do not know what several of these “types” of educational styles are. My answers to this quiz were solely based on what works for my family after several years if trial and error. If we’ve found that it works well for us, it got the agree or strongly agree. Epic fails got the disagree bubbles marked. Things we haven’t tried or really didn’t care much about got the middling bubble. I’m actually surprised that some of the scores were so high.

  9. We are rather eclectic with strong unschool leanings. I do think that this is pretty accurate. Top 3 unschool, unit study, and montessori.

    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 0
    Score for Waldorf Education: 8
    Score for Traditional Education: -6
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 19
    Score for Montessori Education: 19
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 18
    Score for Unschooling: 21
    Score for Classical Education: 6

  10. Charlotte mason
    Unschooling
    Unit studies

  11. My top three are: Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Study. We use Charlotte Mason methods loosely now. Would love to implement Montessori but not sure how.

  12. Waldorf, montessori and unschooling.

  13. Unschooling 21
    Waldorf 20
    Classical 18

  14. I had a top 4, not surprising to me either 😉
    Waldorf, Unschooling, Thomas Jefferson, & Montessori

  15. Charlotte Mason
    Montessori
    Classical

    I was not at all surprised by this. I was surprised by a few of the other scores though. A fe had more points than I thought they would! Very interesting! Thank you.

  16. I got:
    Unschooling (18)
    Waldorf (14)
    Montessori (12)

  17. My top 3 were for for
    Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 15
    Score for Traditional Education: -17
    I wouldnt put traditional there, instead Unit Study I think. It was fairly accurate

  18. My top 3…

    Unit Studies Education: 12 
    Montessori Education: 9 
    Unschooling: 6

    Interesting!

  19. Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 10
    Score for Traditional Education: -19
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 23
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 23
    Score for Unschooling: 21
    Score for Classical Education: 11

    I call myself a Charlotte Mason Unschooler and I think highly of Montessori and TJed philosophies. So yeah that’s a pretty good assessment!

  20. Top 3, Charlotte Mason, unit Studies, tie for Classical and Waldorf. I have always called myself eclectic with Charlotte Mason leanings. After 22 years, guess I still am! What is Waldorf?

  21. Here are my top 3 and my “bottom of the barrel” score. We homeschooled all the way through and my children are college age now. In reflection, what I believe and what we did didn’t completely match up. As we got into high school, I got nervous about making sure my kids were ready for college and getting them to do the work, so we did traditional work for several classes. If I had it to again, I would do more “delight-directed learning,” even through high school.
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 12
    Score for Montessori Education: 11
    Score for Traditional Education: -19

  22. unschooling
    Montessori
    Unit studies.
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  23. Waldorf – 19
    Thomas Jefferson – 16
    Unit Studies – 14, Unschooling – 14

  24. Montessori 20
    Unschooling 17
    Waldorf and Unit Study tied at 9

  25. My top three are Charlotte Mason, Montessori, and unschooling….. of which I find unschooling really interesting in that I tend to need and emphasize structure.

    • I got the same and was also surprised by the unschooling… I def. need structure! The Montessori and Mason I expected, but not the unschooling!

  26. Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 19
    Score for Traditional Education: -8
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 11
    Score for Montessori Education: 13
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 7
    Score for Unschooling: 21
    Score for Classical Education: 3

    Interesting. I’ve looked into Unschooling and Charlotte Mason. Perhaps it’s time to pursue it further… :)

  27. A lot of these I have never heard of… fairly new to homeschooling 😉 time to add to my “things to research”…

    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 0
    Score for Waldorf Education: 9
    Score for Traditional Education: 11
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 15
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 11
    Score for Unschooling: 11
    Score for Classical Education: 9

  28. Charlotte Mason:20
    Unit Studies:9
    Classical:9
    Pretty spot on.

  29. My top three were Charlotte Mason, Unschooling, and Montessori. A little surprised by Montessori being so high on the list.
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  30. Classical 21
    Charlotte Mason 20
    Waldorf 17

    Sounds about right! http://www.solagratiamom.com
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  31. Montessori, Unit Studies, Charlotte Mason

  32. 1- Montessori- 25
    2- Charlotte Mason- 20
    3- unschooling- 21

  33. Montessori 23
    Charlotte Mason 20
    Unit Studies 19
    with Waldorf being a close 4th at 17

    This is our 13th year to homeschool with at least 12 more to go. Thanks for sharing!
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  34. Feels pretty accurate for us. Top 3 were classical and unit studies (tied at 17) along with Montessori at 13.

  35. Michelle Kinsley

    My top 3 were:

    Montessori: 23
    Unschooling: 18
    Waldorf: 15

  36. Too 3 were Montessori 21, Charlotte mason 20 and unit studies 15. Great questionnaire!

  37. Classical-20
    Unit Studies: 12
    Montessori Education: 12

  38. Montessori, unit studies, and unschooling are my top three.

  39. Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 0
    Score for Waldorf Education: 6
    Score for Traditional Education: 21
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 0
    Score for Montessori Education: 6
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 6
    Score for Unschooling: 9
    Score for Classical Education: 7

  40. I make up my own mix, but I sure can see why I had really high scores in Mason & unschooling, with strong elements of Classical, Montessori and Waldorf .

    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20 
    Score for Waldorf Education: 16 
    Score for Traditional Education: -11 
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 14 
    Score for Montessori Education: 17 
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 13 
    Score for Unschooling: 19 
    Score for Classical Education: 17 

  41. Montessori Education: 25
    Score for Unschooling: 16
    Score for Waldorf Education: 15

  42. Oops….forgot to add the others

    Traditional was -11
    The others were all 0.

  43. I think it’s pretty accurate we got
    Unit studies: 16
    Montessori: 13
    Thomas Jefferson Ed.: 3

  44. We follow an Eclectic approach.

    Unschooling -16
    Montessori – 8
    Classical – 6

  45. My top 3 are Unschooling, Classical, and Montessori. Weird as it sounds, it very much sums up my approach, depending on which child & what subjects & what “grade” level they are at. Early ed and high school have very different approaches in our home. Thanks for the quiz; it was fun to see the answers.

  46. Makes sense.

    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 0
    Score for Waldorf Education: 13
    Score for Traditional Education: -19
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 16
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 6
    Score for Unschooling: 8
    Score for Classical Education: -3

  47. My top 3
    unschooling -23
    Charlotte Mason – 20
    Unit studies – 15

    (we are 8 years into unschooling :) )
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  48. I got the highest in Montessori which is funny because the Montessori school was the only school I thought about putting the kids in. I consider my approach to be a mix of unschooling and Charlotte Mason and with the exception of the Montessori, that is exactly what I got:
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Waldorf Education: 18
    Score for Traditional Education: -8
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 15
    Score for Montessori Education: 25
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 16
    Score for Unschooling: 23
    Score for Classical Education: 16

  49. My top 3 were: Charolette Mason, Montessori and Classical. I think that’s pretty accurate for us. I tend to pick and choose between those 3 the most.

  50. My top three were:
    Unschooling-19
    Unit studies-14
    Montessori-13

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