Benefits of being an Eclectic Homeschooler

There are so many different methods in which you can homeschool your children. But what do you call yourself, if you must place a label on how you homeschool, if you don’t follow one specific method? That’s something I struggled with when we first started homeschooling. So many people would ask me what method we chose, or how we homeschooled. I didn’t want to lay out EVERY program or book we used, but I didn’t have a one or two word answer to give them.

Then I discovered that there actually was a label for us and how we homeschooled. We are an Eclectic Homeschool.

Placing yourself in that eclectic category just means that you use several methods, or ways, to homeschool. You may use an online homeschool curriculum, but do unit studies. You may like and use parts of the Classical method, as well as the Waldorf. You don’t have to shy away from uncomfortable questions or wonder where you fall on the homeschooling spectrum, just because you can’t categorize your homeschool by one method.

Homeschooling Methods

When you begin your homeschooling, you will probably hear talk of all of the different homeschooling methods out there. There is Classical, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, and more. How important is it to choose one of those methods?

For many homeschooling families, following one method allows them to stay focused and makes things easier when it comes time to purchase a homeschool curriculum and plan out the year. For other families, one method doesn’t necessarily work for every subject, or even for all of their children.

Research each method and find out the key points of each. For instance, the Charlotte Mason method centers around teaching with living books, life experiences and even good habits. With Unit Studies, you and your child can really go much further in depth with a concept or certain subject matter.

Often times, families start out using one method, then they switch when they discover it doesn’t work as well as they hoped. Many families pick and choose parts of each method, rather than just going with one. There isn’t a wrong or right choice when it comes to choosing a homeschool method for your family; you just go with what works for you!