Welcome to the ninth, and final, post in the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Styles series! Click here to view the rest of the series.
Eclectic homeschooling is the style that isn’t a style! Basically, it’s a catch-all style for people that develop their own way of homeschooling that doesn’t really fit into any other style.
When you have educational freedom, then fitting yourself into any educational philosophy, even an alternative one, can be constricting.
Think of homeschooling like a buffet restaurant. Each style is a specific diet. Maybe classical is vegetarian, so you’ll skip the meat. Unit study devotees are lactose intolerant, so won’t choose anything with dairy. And Montessori can be Paleo – no dinner rolls for them!
If you’re eclectic at the homeschooling buffet, you can choose it all. As an example, you can use a classical approach to maths and grammar, do Charlotte Mason nature study, have a Steiner-style morning circle time, organise a few unit studies based on interests, and incorporate project-based activities. All together, the activities and approach add up to a richly varied and comprehensive education.
Most homeschoolers morph into eclectic homeschooling once they relax and find their groove. No style suits everyone in everything. And not every style covers everything that you may want to learn well. The solution is to pick and choose.
Realistically, you’re unique. Your children are unique. Your life circumstances, no matter how boring you think they are, are unique. Why wouldn’t your homeschool style also be uniquely tailored to you?
The Good Points
- Completely personalised learning. Each child can be given resources that are suited to their development level, interests, and ability.
- Choose the best of everything! Eclectic homeschooling allows you to choose the resources and activities that suit each particular learning area for you
- If you like to keep your options open, you’ll love it
- Strictly adhering to a specific style can be stressful if it doesn’t fit perfectly. Allowing yourself to pick and choose removes that stress.
- You can find resources that will be great for varied ages if you have more than one child, and spend more time doing work as a family, not separately.
The Not-So-Good Points
- You’ll have to review and decide from a greater range of resources. If you find a lot of choice overwhelming, this will freak you out.
- You’ll need a greater knowledge of all the different styles and approaches, in order to know the options available to you (start here!)
- It can take a while to find your groove, in terms of getting to know your child’s interests and abilities intimately, and learning what works for your family.
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The Relaxed Art of Eclectic Homeschooling | Amber Oliver
Each of my other Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Styles posts has resources specific to that style – take a look at the ones that interest you for more ideas to fit into your homeschool.
Also, take a look at my Eclectic Homeschooling Pinterest board to discover fantastic resources that will help you work out what to include in your unique homeschool.