Audio Library: Educational Philosophies

Most homeschoolers find that after they gain a bit of experience and confidence, they no longer need to cling to the familiar public school model of education. But what else is there? 


Learning what some of the greatest minds in education have believed and taught is a great place to begin forming your OWN  educational philosophy.

Charlotte Mason (1842 – 1923) was a British educator whose methods are now being followed by many homeschoolers around the world. She focused on sparking a child’s interest rather than coercing memorized facts. She emphasized “living books,” nature studies, chores and outdoor play, along with handicrafts, art, and music.

LDSHE has had many individual classes, along with a full-day seminar, on this philosophy. Here are a few of the presentations:​

Maria Montessori was a physician in turn-of-the-century Rome who became interested in human development and education. She worked with developmentally-delayed children and became convinced that many of them could make great gains in an environment customized to their needs. She became a proponent for learning through play and work, and instructed teachers to “Follow the Child.”

Many of our LDSHE classes touch on her child-centered gentle approach to education. 

Modern classical education focuses on language, literature, and history. The child first memorizes, then learns logic, then learns to clearly express what he understands as he grows into young adulthood. 

Our LDSHE presentations can help you get a feel for how real homeschooling families implement classical education principles in their homes. 

Leadership Education, also known as Thomas Jefferson Education, is based on the writings of Oliver and Rachel DeMille. The focus is on building character through the study of the great books of the world.

LDSHE has had many TJEd speakers over the years, addressing all aspects of leadership education. Here are a few of them, and for more you can search for more classes by these presenters, plus Dr. Shanon Brooks, Elizabeth Merrell, Jodie Palmer, and others.  

Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophies created an international movement (Waldorf schools) to reinvigorate traditional academics with an emphasis on the arts. All of the typical subjects are taught, but are deeply tied into imagination, creativity, and beauty.

Marlene Peterson’s Well-Educated Heart program and Jenny Phillips’s The Good and the Beautiful curricula echo many of the sentiments of Steiner, but with a gospel emphasis as well.

Unschooling is a philosophy in which parents trust that children will, as they mature, seek out their own passions and goals and in the process learn all they need to know to be a functional adult.