Eclectic Homeschooler I Am

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ec·lec·tic
adjective
adjective: eclectic; adjective: Eclectic
  1. 1.
    deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
    “her musical tastes are eclectic”
  2. 2.
    Philosophy
    of, denoting, or belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to or found any recognized school of thought but selected such doctrines as they wished from various schools.
noun
noun: eclectic; plural noun: eclectics
  1. 1.
    a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources

That’s the type of homeschooler I am though I must admit, we do a great deal of reading in our homeschooling.

I honestly think though, most homeschoolers are eclectic to one extreme or another.

Eclectic Homeschooler I Am - By Annette V.

For instance: we do a fair amount of natural life learning here. So, there are those who think I lean to the “unschooling” method. Though I do not consider myself an unschooler, I firmly believe that children need some guidance in their learning. At the same time I think there is much to be learned by allowing children to have “dead time” in which to expand their own thinking and delve into their own interests without any outside interference. For instance, if I’m out for a walk and my lad wants to spend (what seems to me ages) examining an ant colony and starts agitating the ants and gets bitten, that’s okay (he won’t be so rough next time or he’ll at least be a great deal more careful).

Then I’ll take that interest home and look up some information and say something along the lines of “Hey, did you know that carpenter ants are becoming a huge problem in Halifax?” If he finds that information interesting then we’ll pursue it further.

Then there’s the whole “learning from books” way of thinking, Charlotte Mason and her learning from living books. I live and breathe books. I almost always have three or four on the go. My hubby is a continual reader as well. We are hoping to thoroughly infect our son with the reading bug as well, and it’s coming along (just not as quickly as we may have hoped for, but it’s coming along). So, we read and read and read some more.  I try to pick books that will interest my son from fiction to non-fiction. It’s good to have a good variety of books on hand.

I have to admit, we tried lap books. The lad was unimpressed until I turned that lapbook into a “can we just go pages and stick things on them” book.   That goes over well in this household. Sometimes making those little changes turns a “NO!” into a “Sure, let’s do that”.  Doing Unit Studies this way works well since we can go back and add new knowledge as we acquire it.  It is very good to do this and brings back good memories as well.

One of the things that I love about homeschooling is how very flexible we can be. From book learning (the traditional way) to on-line learning (non-traditional or traditional) to just going out and doing things. It’s such a good thing!

So go on, do your homeschooling. Enjoy your journey and more importantly, enjoy raising your child(ren) to love learning in all the different ways you can.

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