Posts in this series:
What is a Delight Directed Homeschool
The Logistics of a Delight Directed Homeschool
A Day in the Life of a Delight Directed Homeschool
Planning for the Delight Directed Homeschool
As the new year approaches, homeschool families everywhere begin to reevaluate their methods and curriculum and sometimes even their philosophy surrounding homeschooling.
Several years ago, in a desperate moment of needing to find a better way to homeschool, I came across the homeschooling method known as Delight Directed.
This method of homeschooling came to my attention through a book by homeschooling father, Gregg Harris entitled The Christian Homeschool.
While many would argue Delight Directed Homeschooling is just another name for Unschooling, Gregg dispels that myth by explaining that Delight Directed studies still require direction and structure. There are still requirements to be met and core subjects to be taught. Delight Directed Homeschooling takes into account each individual child’s learning styles and interests, but it also recognizes that children are foolish and ought not to be “left to themselves.” (Proverbs 29:15)
I want to take a moment to note that Unschooling in its original form was much more radical and dangerous than the form it has taken on in recent years, especially amongst the Christian Unschooling community. While Unschooling can be be a positive short-term investment in your child’s educational welfare, long-term negligence of a child’s training leads to disaster. Please be aware there are two kinds of Unschooling out there…one that is almost completely hands-off and one that more closely resembles the Delight Directed Homeschool minus the structure.
Perhaps the best way to explain Delight Directed Homeschooling is to give a brief list of what it is and what it is not.
Delight Directed Homeschooling is…
*focused on understanding each child’s learning styles and aptitudes, as well as any interests they might have that could be incorporated into their studies.
*purposeful in teaching basics and building on those basics.
*useful in giving students a “real life” education that shows them how to take what they learn and apply it to every day life.
*compatible with a Lifestyle of Learning approach.
*compatible with many other homeschooling methods as well.
*a great way to show your child you truly care about the things they are interested in!
Delight Directed Homeschooling is not:
*hyper-focused on making every subject fun for the child.
*a hands-off approach.
*not always the “main course” of the school day. Often, it is the dessert that gives the child incentive to power through the subjects they don’t like as much.
*as time intensive as you might think because your child will blossom into an independent learning using this approach!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a bit more about Delight Directed Homeschooling because I am convinced this method will change your homeschool for the better and I want to encourage you to go into the new year with energy and enthusiasm for homeschooling!