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 post is for the original quiz.  Click here if you would like to take an updated quiz with two additional philosophies included.

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

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.

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  1. Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 16
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 14
    Score for Montessori Education: 14
    Score for Unschooling: 13

    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 16

  2. Traditional
    Waldorf
    Classical

  3. Score for Waldorf Education: 5
    Score for Traditional Education: 3
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 21
    Score for Montessori Education: 17
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 21
    Score for Unschooling: 21
    Score for Classical Education: 12
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 23

  4. I am so not surprised by this….. I do tend to have more of a CM bent anyways….. So, now, I am embrassing it more w/gusto!!!

    Your Results:
    Score for Waldorf Education: 8
    Score for Traditional Education: -21
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 11
    Score for Montessori Education: 16
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 6
    Score for Unschooling: 11
    Score for Classical Education: 6
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20

    How is it possible to get a really bad negative score!??? Not shocked. But, more curious?

  5. Score for Waldorf Education: 0
    Score for Traditional Education: 12
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 6
    Score for Montessori Education: 6
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 6
    Score for Unschooling: -3
    Score for Classical Education: 6
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 12

  6. It’s a matter of definition, but I cordially differ in my opinion of what traditional schooling is. What you define as traditional, I would call “conventional” or even “modern classroom” education (let’s face it, there’s not much tradition in it), whereas I consider “traditional” education to be more like the type of schooling kids got in the century from 1850’s-1950’s (roughly) — something between the one-room schoolhouse and the period before the current frenzy of selling unnecessarily “updated” textbooks and administering standardized testing. At least as regards curriculum, if not method. The tried and true textbooks from the turn of the 20th century can often work extremely well for the majority of students, and tend to include problem solving, learning to learn, and relevancy as par for the course. (Course, get it? Haha, sorry.)

    I got -9 on traditional. That is accurate to my views based on how you’re naming that approach, but I think to really include all the styles, there should be a way to incorporate the “heritage” or “vintage” schooling option (whatever you choose to call it). You know, the books like the Practical Arithmetics series, the Harvey composition books, the stuff Mott Media publishes, etc. Not the typical modern classroom textbooks, but still pretty formal in their own unique way. So I think the -9 score reflects my disdain for MODERN classroom textbooks and methods, and the reason it’s not a great negative number is because it is tempered by my appreciation for VINTAGE textbooks. Which muddies the waters a little bit. Still, this was a fun and probably reasonably accurate test, even so.

    I scored 23 on both Montessori and classical, 13 on unschooling, and 11 on Charlotte Mason. That’s reasonable, because I prefer to present formal lessons at a rigorous pace on many academic subjects, with at least equal emphasis on practical life skills, and supplemented heavily by student-led learning and family discussions whenever we aren’t doing formal school — and often when we are. (We are always learning and use whatever works for the child, his level and phase of development, the family dynamic, the available resources at our disposal, the opportune moments, and whatever else may impart information, skills, character, discernment, productivity, etc. )

    But I’ve known from the start that I’m eclectic in my approach. What’s the point of teaching a method? Teach the CHILD, is my philosophy. 😉 So much advantage can be gleaned from the freedoms of homeschooling, and I’m not one to place arbitrary boundaries on those freedoms. But if those same boundaries work for another family by freeing them in other ways, who am I to argue?

    Thanks for a good time! 😉

  7. Score for Waldorf Education: 11
    Score for Traditional Education: -1
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 6
    Score for Montessori Education: 16
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 6
    Score for Unschooling: 9
    Score for Classical Education: 13
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 6

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    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.Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

    Your Results:

    Score for Waldorf Education: 5
    Score for Traditional Education: -11
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 6
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 11
    Score for Unschooling: 19
    Score for Classical Education: 11
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 16

  9. Charlotte Mason 19
    Unschooling 13
    Montessori/Waldorf 13

  10. core for Waldorf Education: 1
    Score for Traditional Education: -9
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 6
    Score for Montessori Education: 7
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 9
    Score for Unschooling: 11
    Score for Classical Education: -6
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 11

  11. Montessori: 21
    Waldorf/Unschooling: 18
    Thomas Jefferson: 16

    Expected Charlotte Mason to be higher (it was 10); still, enjoyable quiz with interesting results!~ Thanks.

  12. Score for Waldorf Education: 5
    Score for Traditional Education: -12
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 6
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 13
    Score for Unschooling: 15
    Score for Classical Education: 6
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 11

    I have no clue what Thomas Jefferson education is though.

  13. My top 3 are
    Char. Mason 21
    Unit 17
    Classical 13
    I would consider myself a Charlotte Mason Homeschooler. Although I do use other methods to fit my different children’s learning styles.

  14. Montessori 20
    Unschooling 16
    Unit Studies 15

  15. Top 3 (chose my 4th since the 2nd and 3rd were the same score)
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 15
    Score for Montessori Education: 6
    Score for Unschooling: 6
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 3

  16. Score for Waldorf Education: 7
    Score for Traditional Education: -6
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 12
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 11
    Score for Unschooling: 16
    Score for Classical Education: 3
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 13

    Very interesting 🙂 I have a 2 year old I plan on homeschooling so this gives me some good direction on what to research.

  17. Unschooling, Montessori, Unit Studies

    There’s more unschooling in me than I give myself credit for. Good food for thought.

  18. Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Unit Studies….
    Not sure whatMontessori is but I would say the others are on track

  19. Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, and Montessori. Funny thing is I always thought my son would flourish in a Montessori school. I didn’t realize we tended to lean that way in our homeschooling.

  20. Charlotte Mason – 19
    Unschooling – 16
    Montessori – 12

  21. Score for Unschooling: 21
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 21
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 20
    Score for Montessori Education: 19
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 13
    Score for Waldorf Education: 10
    Score for Classical Education: 0
    Score for Traditional Education: -23

  22. Your Results:

    Score for Waldorf Education: 11
    Score for Traditional Education: -18
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 3
    Score for Montessori Education: -3
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 8
    Score for Unschooling: 7
    Score for Classical Education: -3
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 13

  23. Thomas Jefferson 21 Charlotte Mason 19 Unschooling 19

    Waldorf 14, Montessori 15, Classical 17, Unit Studies 12, Traditional -3

    I need to look at Thomas Jefferson and think more about unschooling — the Charlotte Mason does not surprise me and know I would love the unschooling but am too structured I think to take that direction entirely — thank you for the feed back.

  24. I ended up with tied scores twice. My top score of 23 was paired with Montessori and Unit Studies. My second top score of 21 was paired with Classical Education and Charlotte Mason. I know more about Montessori approach to teaching/learning, but am unfamiliar with the other three. I can’t wait to read more about them!

  25. I was surprised to see such a high score for Mason. I’m not all that familiar with it, but guess I should look into it. My daughter is severely ADHD, SPD, and dyslexic, along with Aspberger’s, so I teach how she learns best which is a very eclectic mix!
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 14
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 10
    Score for Unschooling: 16
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 23

  26. Okay, here are my scores:

    Score for Waldorf Education: 2
    Score for Traditional Education: -11
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 17
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 9
    Score for Unschooling: 8
    Score for Classical Education: -3
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 11

    I really can’t give three, because I had a two way tie for third place! (Montessori 17, Charlotte Mason 11, Unit Studies 9, and TJed 9) lol Course I came in with an 8 for Unschooling too. Does that mean I’m kind of a well rounded educator or just eclectic?? I guess I need to check out Montessori which I’ve never done before. I wonder where I would find a group for that style of homeschooling?? It was fun to see results like this though. Thanks for the quiz..

  27. Score for Waldorf Education: -3
    Score for Traditional Education: -15
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 5
    Score for Montessori Education: 0
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: -8
    Score for Unschooling: 13
    Score for Classical Education: 11
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 15

    Hmmm … I’ve always thought I taught very traditionally.
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  28. Score for Waldorf Education: -9
    Score for Traditional Education: -5
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 15
    Score for Montessori Education: 14
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 0
    Score for Unschooling: 13
    Score for Classical Education: -4
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 13

  29. My top 3 were Montessori, Unschooling, and Charlotte Mason. I’m not surprised at all.

    Details:
    Score for Waldorf Education: 7
    Score for Traditional Education: -8
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 17
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 10
    Score for Unschooling: 15
    Score for Classical Education: 13
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 14
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  30. Your Results:

    Score for Waldorf Education: 0
    Score for Traditional Education: -2
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 3
    Score for Montessori Education: 14
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 16
    Score for Unschooling: 10
    Score for Classical Education: 5
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 16

  31. Unit Studies Education: 15
    Score for Montessori Education: 12
    Score for Unschooling: 12
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 12

    Seems about right. I had to look up what Waldorf was! Traditional was -17. That might just be my disillusionment after pulling kids out of public school, though.

  32. Score for Waldorf Education: 16
    Score for Traditional Education: 9
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 15
    Score for Montessori Education: 12
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 15
    Score for Unschooling: 15

    Score for Classical Education: 12
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 14

    Take a look through your results. The higher the number, the more you agree with that philosophy. Do your results match with your viewpoint?

  33. This is pretty spot on for me! My top four (because third place had a tie for two types):

    1. Unschooling (I scored 2x more in this area than in any other)
    2. Montesorri
    3. Unit studies & Charlotte Mason

  34. I find this interestingness because this year is the first time I’ve ever even considered a unit study. I consider is Classically Mason and that hardly made the list!

    Score for Waldorf Education: 3
    Score for Traditional Education: 0
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 16
    Score for Montessori Education: 17
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 8
    Score for Unschooling: 10
    Score for Classical Education: 12
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 5
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  35. TScore for Waldorf Education: -2
    Score for Traditional Education: 3
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 6
    Score for Montessori Education: 16
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 0
    Score for Unschooling: 3
    Score for Classical Education: 14
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 0

  36. Thanks so much for the fix! It’s a great quiz.
    Classical, CM, and Montessori were my top 3

    Score for Waldorf Education: 2
    Score for Traditional Education: -18
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 14
    Score for Montessori Education: 18
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 11
    Score for Unschooling: 2
    Score for Classical Education: 23
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 21

  37. Not surprised at all by these results!
    Montessori – 23
    Unschooling – 21
    Charlotte Mason – 19

  38. Charlotte Mason: 25, Unschooling 25, Montessori 25. None of the others even close. Exactly what I expected :).

  39. My top three were: Classical, Unit Studies, and Montesorri

  40. Unschooling, C.M. and Montessori

  41. Score for Waldorf Education: 6
    Score for Traditional Education: -14
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 23
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 11
    Score for Unschooling: 20
    Score for Classical Education: 8
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 17

  42. Traditional, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies (which I’ve never done) and Montesorri tied. This is my first year and my boy is in K. Maybe I need to branch out. Lol. Not sure what Waldorf is, I’m big negative there!!

  43. Top 3 were: Montessori, Classical, and Charlotte Mason.

  44. Charlotte Mason 23
    Unschooling 23
    Montessori 23

  45. It is interesting that my top 3 are Unschooling ( my favorite way to let the kids learn) -16 and Thomas Jefferson Learning(know the least abouthtis kind of schooling) –14 and Charlotte Mason (always wanted to learn this way for me not the boys) — 11. I knew that my boys would NEVER be fully traditionally schooled. they are kinestitic and hands on learners NOT workbook learners. We definitely lean unschool and my hubby is a public school teacher traditionalist. makes for a very interesting homeschool ife….

    Score for Waldorf Education: 6
    Score for Traditional Education: 0
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 9
    Score for Montessori Education: 9
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 14
    Score for Unschooling: 16

    Score for Classical Education: 8
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 11

  46. Great quiz! We are definitely eclectic home schoolers and that was reflected in my score, joint highest on 21 were unit studies, classical and unschooling and next highest Montessori, with CM higher too. Fun quiz, thanks for posting 🙂

  47. Score for Waldorf Education: 6
    Score for Traditional Education: -13
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 19
    Score for Montessori Education: 21
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 15
    Score for Unschooling: 13

    Score for Classical Education: 8
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 17

    Montessori is #1 followed by Unit Studies and then Charlotte Mason 🙂
    Makes sense – before I had kids I taught in a Montessori classroom!

  48. Unit Study, Montessori and Charlotte Mason

  49. Score for Waldorf Education: 8
    Score for Traditional Education: -23
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 8
    Score for Montessori Education: 21
    Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 18
    Score for Unschooling: 19
    Score for Classical Education: 11
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 21

  50. I’d say this sums up our education process at this point. Love this quiz!
    Score for Waldorf Education: 13
    Score for Unit Studies Education: 15
    Score for Unschooling: 14
    Score for Classical Education: 13
    Score for Charlotte Mason Education: 14

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