Our main method of home educating is using a Leadership Education Model based on the book A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century and “Leadership Education: the Phases of Learning” by Dr. Oliver Van DeMille. This method is often called Thomas Jefferson Education or TJed. The basis is that children learn differently than adults and that the current trend in public education treats all children the same and as if they learn the same.
We firmly believe that all children are unique in every way…including the way they learn. Whether a child is gifted, learning disabled, or right in the middle, it does not matter! Each child can and will learn in the proper environment. We believe that environment is best met in the home with loving parents who can meet each child’s needs and learning styles.
The “mentoring parent” is the key to this education method. I am not their teacher, teachers are for schools. I am their mentor, a person who guides and directs their education and who models life-long learning.
Now, to me this sounded very daunting! I was literally scared of modeling a love of learning and scholarship to my children. I soon realized that I already did model some aspects of scholarship in my love for reading and taking some college classes. I found that children want to do what they see their parents doing.
To learn more about the Eight Keys of Great Teaching and the Four Phases of Learning using the TJed method click here.