Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eclectic Homeschooling

Are you a classical homeschooler?  A religious homeschooler?  Charlotte Mason?

Well I guess I would categorize us as accidental homeschoolers, because we never planned on homeschooling, but came upon it “accidently”.  I would also say that we are practicing eclectic homeschooling.

Eclectic homeschoolers pull their curriculum from various sources.  We use a core curriculum from one place, but don’t hesitate to pull curriculum from other sources if what we are using doesn’t seem to be working well.  In fact, our entire core curriculum is online, and this includes our science courses. 

I’ve found that we are using more textbooks as my daughter gets older.  I’ve also found that we have to seek out other sources for elective courses such as music and art. 

It is sometimes a bit more difficult to have to look around for course material but the internet is a great source of information and there is a great deal of free-ware courses offered by several major universities. 

If you are just starting out as a homeschooler you might like to have a boxed curriculum that includes everything, but one of the best parts about homeschooling is knowing that you can use what you need to make your child’s curriculum tailor-made for their needs and interests.


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