We start off formal schooling with long school days that are a mix of informal and formal activities. Projects, games, informal learning, and activities are an important part of our schooling. As the child grows, formal learning replaces some of the informal parts of school without much of an increase to the school day.
Learning Multiple Languages
We take a dabbling approach to languages in elementary school learning the basics of Arabic, Mandarin, French, and Greek. In middle school we cut back to two languages. As a household who loves the world, we seek to teach our children how to communicate with a good portion of it.
Learning about cultures around the world.
We believe it is important to explore people and places far from home so we can understand and appreciate those who are different from us.
Learning about God
We seek to help all our children have a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Bypassing most of the typical children's materials that teach character and guidelines for living, we teach the finished work of the cross and how our motivation and actions toward others should come from a place of love.
Science is well-loved in our household. With children who desire to go into STEM fields, we have chosen a rigorous science and math education to prepare our children for future studies.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats
Welcome to Eclectic Homeschooling! We have been homeschooling for 9 years and currently have children in 8th grade, 6th grade, and 2nd grade. A personalized education is something I value, so each child is challenged at the appropriate level and in a way appropriate for the child's learning style. At least that is my goal. It doesn't always work so smoothly. In this education journey, I want my children to arrive at adulthood with these four things:
A good education that will prepare my children for whatever they want to do in life.
The desire to treat all people with love and kindness.
Find out if you or your child is a sequential learner, a global learner, an auditory learner, a visual learner, a creative learner, a read/write learner, an interpersonal learner, a kinesthetic learner, or a logical learner.
We like science around here. Aside from the normal outside science discovery play in Kindergarten, we had a few scheduled activities that we did. The major part of our science time was spent with Real Science 4 Kids. The Real Science 4 Kids: Pre-Level Chemistry has been a great fit…
If you want to build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, classic literature is a great place to start. These books have stood the test of time and are written by gifted writers who know how to craft a sentence. You will find more complex vocabulary in classic books too!
Many elementary curriculum options explore topics briefly giving children an introduction to the subject matter. This breadth method presents the child with a wealth of information covered over the school year. An example of this would be to cover ancient history through renaissance period history all in the same school year. Depth focuses…
The summer before my son started first grade, I hatched a plan. I scoured book lists and my local library to come up with a list of read alouds that would help my son be able to listen to chapter books read aloud.
Unschooling is beneficial. It is important. I do think it helps foster a love for learning that extends through a whole life time. Learning should be fun although there will always be some things we will have to learn about even if we are not interested. Homeschooling provides my children time to have the best of both worlds. It allows my children to receive a structured education with enough time to pursue interests.
Back in 2010, we spent some time learning about Noah’s ark. We love projects so to finish off our study of Noah’s ark, we did a project with food! We made a scale model of Noah’s ark out of brownies. It was a rough scale model that involved making four batches of brownies!
To use the flexible time schedule, I decided what subjects we were going to cover for the school year and counted the number of expected school days and the number of hours we would spend on schooling each day.