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This style began in post-World War II Italy. It’s designed to provide a co-learning environment where teachers learn alongside the children and work in a lateral relationship vs a hierarchical one. Reggio Emilia revolves around the five senses to assist with learning. Classrooms look different than the average preschool with large common spaces, natural elements, and materials that invite curiosity. Includes:

  • Learning based on children’s interests and what teachers observe is needed

  • Hands-on projects for in-depth learning

  • Promotes creative expression

  • Community building through collaboration between students and teachers

Charlotte Mason was a British author, educator, and lecturer who lived in the late 1800s. She emphasized that teaching should involve the whole body, not just the mind. This style takes a holistic approach to education and learning self-discipline. Includes the following:

  • Abundant use of high-quality narrative literature 

  • Plenty of time to explore outside 

  • Developing an appreciation for art, music, and nature 

  • Journaling, narration, dictation, and copywork

Maria Montessori was an Italian doctor and educator who lived in the late 1800s/early 1900s and focused on early childhood. This style is a child-centered approach that teaches children to value knowledge and seek it on their own by fostering curiosity and creativity. The Montessori approach involves:

  • Teachers as facilitators, not instructors

  • Mixed-age classrooms

  • Hands-on activities

  • Cooperation and collaboration

  • Ability to choose when to do certain activities

  • Developing self-regulation to help children build life skills.

This educational philosophy began in the early 1900s. It focuses on the whole child through mind, body, and spirit. Elements that characterize this education model:

  • No formal grades

  • No textbooks in the early years

  • Focus on one subject at a time (versus switching gears throughout the day)

  • In-depth study, three- to six-week units

  • Integrate natural world

This is a student-led approach to learning based on the child’s interests. Parents can start here. This style includes:

  • Flexible lessons that vary by family and according to state laws

  • Experimental approach that nurtures a child’s curiosity and love of learning

  • May integrate structured curricula as needed

  • No time constraints

This method educates children by interacting with the world around them. This style includes the following:

  • Holistic approach to learning

  • Traveling to introduce children to the world around them

  • Flexible schedule

  • Gain understanding and sensitivity to other cultures

Legal only in certain states (including Florida), umbrella schooling provides legal cover for homeschool families. It is a good option for students who want to officially be considered part of a school but does the work off campus with parental oversight. This style features:

  • Access to a community and resources such as co-ops, enrichments, and parent support groups

  • Students are considered enrolled in private school

  • Parents interact with the umbrella school rather than provide all documentation to the school district


This is a mastery-based method of learning that incorporates multiple subject areas to learn about various themes and topics. Unit study includes:

  • Multi-sensory learning

  • Mixed age groups

  • Low cost

  • Caters to autistic spectrum with interests in very specific subjects

  • Short-term unit studies offer more variety than traditional schools



Started in 2015 by Jenny Phillips, a Christian singer-songwriter who could not find a homeschool curriculum that worked for her family. This method offers:

  • Low cost and free curricula

  • No daily prep time

  • 1:1 and multiple age learning

  • Combined subjects for more meaningful learning and shorter school times

  • Emphasizes family, God, good character, nature, and wholesome literature 

  • Academically strong and thorough

  • Visually pleasing, engaging, and meaningful

This approach combines quality education with a sense of freedom and adventure. This style encourages:

  • Sense of adventure

  • The beauty of nature

  • Nurtures a love of learning




We strongly encourage families who home educate to join HSLDA

  • Membership provides parents with: 

  • A personal legal advocate and state attorney that can guide them through any legal questions

  • Teacher ID

  • Discounted access to multiple homeschool resources, curriculums, grants, and more


  • Areuvut's curriculum director is Ahava McLaughlin. She answers questions and guides parents through the homeschool process. You can reach her at

  • Cheryl Trzasko has been a Florida Home Education Evaluator since 2003. She decades of experience in teaching and homeschooling her children. Over the years she has guided many parents through home education and answers the most common questions here.



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