Homeschool Methods: Eclectic

Eclectic homeschooling is like a patchwork quilt – a little bit of this, a little bit of that – a mishmash of any other style of homeschooling that works for your family, typically using a variety of curriculum options to best fill in a homeschool day according to the things that you choose.

Homeschool Methods: Eclectic

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Often families end up landing in the eclectic style once they settle into a homeschooling rhythm that works for them. Picking and choosing resources makes your homeschooling experience individualized to your child’s needs and your family dynamics. It allows you to use the parts of other methods that really appeal to you and make it your own learning experience.

Sometimes homeschooling methods are compared to the idea of a buffet table. One style of homeschooling might be able to only eat from this part of the table. Another from the other end. One might be heavy on desserts while the other shuns sweets all together. Eclectic homeschoolers though can eat from everything and anything as they want. There are no rigid rules to follow or expectations to hold, just the freedom to take what works and leave the rest.

Here’s one family’s example of a homeschool day as eclectic homeschoolers


Eclectic Benefits

  • You can pick the best resources using the best method for your child, family, and subject
  • You aren’t confined to a set of rules
  • It is extremely flexible and adaptable
  • It can be quite cost-effective as you only buy what you feel you need

Eclectic Disadvantages

  • There are so many curriculum options available within all the homeschooling methods that it can be overwhelming
  • New homeschoolers can find this method scary because it’s not within their experience and it doesn’t have a lot of specific guidelines
  • It can require a lot of time on the parent’s behalf to figure out the perfect fit per child or subject

Recommended Resources


Eclectic Homeschool Blogs


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1 Comment

  • by Annette Posted June 23, 2018 9:23 pm

    eclectic is a great way to school, but it does take time to gain confidence sometimes. 🙂

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