An Eclectic Home Education is
an approach which draws from the different methods of
homeschooling, and takes from each whatever seems best
for the individual family and situation. An Eclectic
homeschooler will research various approaches and curriculum,
and tailor a system to meet the needs, temperaments,
interests, and learning styles of each student. Most
Eclectic approaches choose a foundational curriculum,
but do not follow it closely, refining and supplementing
it to their satisfaction.
An Eclectic homeshcooler may take
the Unschooling concept that education should be child-directed.
He may make use of unit studies to allow a student to
research his interests. There will probably be emphasis
on reading classical books and other quality literature,
as in the Classical, Charlotte Mason, and Thomas Jefferson
methods. He may choose a structured math curriculum
such as Saxon for one child, and a more manipulative
approach such as Math U See for another, according to
their learning style. Grammar study may be learned from
a workbook, or incorporated into writing assignments.
Computers may be used to the extent considered useful
Some use is made of textbooks,
but on the whole Eclectic homeschoolers dislike textbook-based
programs, considering them too structured and narrow.
They believe that everything and anything can and should
be a learning experience. Eclectic programs often include
trips to museums, libraries, nature walks, music lessons,
or classes with other homeschoolers.
For more information:
Eclectic Homeschool Online http://eho.org/
- A web site and online newsletter authored by Beverly
Methods of Homeschooling:
A Thomas Jefferson Education |
Charlotte Mason Method | Classical
Education | Unschooling
| Traditional Homeschooling | Unit