Eclectic Homeschooling

Eclectic Homeschooling is a term that has become popular as homeschoolers gain confidence and become savvy consumers of different methods. It simply means picking and choosing what works best for you and not being afraid to make decisions or change your mind. An eclectic homeschooler may use one publisher for math and another for science. Or, she may even use a different math for each student. Eclectic homeschoolers are confident that they know what is best for their children and are highly independent in decision making.  As you continue homeschooling, you may move from one method to another until you find one you are comfortable with.

This teaching method might work well for you/your student if you:

  • don’t mind spending the time to find the materials that will suit your child’s unique interests and learning styles,
  • see the value in using various curriculum and home school methods because through different methods, your child gets a more full picture of the subject at hand,
  • have a child who likes flexibility in her learning, who doesn’t mind not using the same materials over again.

By Angela Snodgrass

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