Hello there, I’m here to talk today about the different Homeschol Styles and today we will learn especifically about Eclectic Homeschooling . I hope you enjoyed the last post on How to Write your Homeschool Vision Statement. You’re probably feeling very excited to start your homeschooling journey because now you know your vision – your destination and you have set the goals you want to achieve by the end of the school year. I’m so happy for you and your family.
So now you have the vision statement and your goals but you’re not sure what curriculum to buy. Which of the many curricula out there will be the best fit for your family. So let me tell you something, before you get into that you will need to find out what’s the best approach or Homeschool Style for you and your family, and that’s the purpose of this new series of posts entitled Homeschool Styles.
Each post will give you some information and I’ll share some other Homeschooling Moms you can follow and learn more about them and the Homeschool Style they are using. By having all this knowledge you will be able to make a more informed decision and not waste your precious time, energy and money trying to find the right curriculum and resources for your homeschooling. It might be confusing right now, but you’ll understand what I’m talking about and very soon.
In this series of articles I will share information about the following Homeschool Styles:
- Eclectic Homeschooling
- School At Home
- Classical Homeschooling
- Charlotte Mason
- Unit Studies Approach
So to start it off, let’s start talking about the Homeschool Style we use, which is:
Homeschool Style – Eclectic Homeschooling
Eclectic Homeschooling is one of the most popular and most often used, because it’s highly flexible and affords for individualization. If your family has more than one child, each child will probably do better with one curriculum than the other and that’s where the flexibility and individualization comes in handy, because we want to make sure each kid learns well and develops a lifelong love for learning, therefore each child will have the curriculum or material that best fits their leaning style.
An eclectic homeschool family will most likely be researching new curriculum every year, because we know there’s no such a thing as the perfect curriculum. You might see that Eclectic homeschoolers also tweak their curriculum and supplement it quite often. We tend to use a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make the whole experience enjoyable and tailored to our children.
I learned that trying to make a curriculum that doesn’t seem to be a good fit work is pointless and will only lead to frustration both mine and from my child. It will diminish the love for learning that I worked so hard for her to develop.
Please, don’t feel pressured to make the money’s worth, don’t be worried about trying something new in the middle of the year, if it’s for the better go for it.
Let me give you a real example: even though I love the Math Curriculum we were using, V wasn’t feeling excited anymore about the activities and I saw her desire to do Math dwindle. I had to act quickly and research about other Math curricula. I found one that had great reviews and so we decided to try it, we tried the sample lessons and she was hooked right away. She was so excited when the new curriculum arrived she didn’t even want to wait for the new school year to start using this new curriculum.
An Eclectic Homeschooler may use text books, worksheets, online videos, apps, make lots of field trips, incorporate unit studies, add some aspects of Charlotte Manson or Montessori in the school routine. All in all it doesn’t mean that it’s unorganized or unclear. Eclectic Homeschoolers work really hard to bring the best to their children’s learning experience. We believe that the best is a little bit of this and a little bit of that because the possibilities are endless.
Let’s summarize it:
- The parents can cater the curriculum for each child’s need and learning style
- You get to experiment with resources from other styles of homeschooling to find out what from that style fits best for each child
- There’s flexibility to try new things
- The kids really enjoy learning because the teaching it’s tailored to their learning style and needs
- You get get to supplement a curriculum to add more hands on or fun activities
- It can be expensive trying to find the curriculum that will best fit your homeschooling needs or even to supplement the curriculum you’re using
- It does require a lot of research for curricula and for supplemental activities
We truly enjoy being eclectic homeschooler but we want you to know more about it, we want you to explore a little more so here we have a few links from other Homeschooling Families to help you with that:
- Confessions of a Homeschooler: Erica’s website has been the first one I started to visit and I learned so much about homeschooling through her and love her resources.
- 1plus1plus1equals1: Carisa is also one of the first homeschooling moms I started to follow in my journey.
- The Moffat Girls: we have been following and using her activities since we started homeschooling as well.
Visit them so you can learn a little more and figure out if Eclectic Homeschooling is the right fit for you!
Next post I’ll be sharing more about another Homeschooling Style – School At Home.
It’s my hope that the information above helps you out in making the most informed decision, but if you have questions please feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form under the contact tab.
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Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.
Vanessa Z. Pawlicki