Are you an eclectic homeschooler? You’ll know you are if your results were very mixed on the homeschool styles quiz. You can also be a self-proclaimed eclectic homeschooler if after reading about all the homeschool styles you want to do a bit of everything. Voila! Eclectic homeschooling! 😉
What does eclectic homeschooling look like?
Eclectic homeschooling is exactly that, where homeschoolers pick and choose their favorite features from the other homeschool styles and fit them together to suit their family. I am 100% eclectic in that I am not 100% anything else. I was a traditional homeschooler, that is my natural tendency and one I continue to battle in myself, but it does come through in some of what I choose to do with my kids, my love of routines and lists, etc. I completely believe in unschooling, but it doesn’t work for my family to do it the way I would want to simply because I have too many children to adequately pursue all of their interests. But we implement unschooling when we have a rough season or a certain subject has a certain little person in tears. In those moments, I unschool. I let it go, I take heart in the fact that my kids are learning through life and I breathe deep. Charlotte Mason is my heart, I choose most my curriculum off of this approach and see so much value in it. And I do lots of unit studies, lapbooking, and notebooking. It is all we do for social studies, and we love it!
So if you are anything like me, you can hop around from one to the next, seeing the value in them all and finding what works for your family in that season of your life. This is the beauty of homeschooling! Take a minute and pin this image for eclectic homeschooling mama’s everywhere!
Are you an eclectic homeschooler? What does that mean for you family? Comment below!
Make sure you go back and take the homeschool style quiz if you haven’t already, and take the time to read about each of the homeschool styles. The more we can become aware of the focus of each style, the more we will find what resonates the most with us, and sometimes that is fluid and changing!