Eclectic Home Learning is the type of learning we have chosen to implement in our homeschool. We don't limit ourselves to practicing only one educational philosophy, but we take certain principles from several that suit our children's learning styles and help them thrive. In our case, we combine what we determine to be the best of Charlotte Mason's, John Holt's and Maria Montessori's educational philosophies for our family, with a certain degree of classical and traditional education. To elaborate, below are some passages on Eclectic home education from several websites.
A traditional definition of "eclectic" from the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary says, "selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles; composed of elements drawn from various sources".
Therefore, it is fitting to say that eclectic homeschoolers examine the many methods of homeschooling and then select the methods and/or learning lifestyles that are best suited to their children's needs in each subject of study.
Some homeschoolers, though, especially in their first year of homeschooling, prefer the uniformity of a boxed curriculum and the safety net it provides in being all-inclusive. But as one mother said, "It IS much easier if everyone learned exactly the same, LOL, the way it's done in schools. But it's not as much FUN though."
Another mom shared:
“I had to tweak what we were doing. I had a vision of what I wanted our homeschooling days to be like, but my daughter hated doing the expensive boxed curriculum we had purchased. She said she might as well have stayed at school with all the workbooks she was doing.”
Eclectic Home Learning in our Family:
I have taken what is best for our family's needs from the rich educational philosophies of John Holt, Maria Montessori and Charlotte Mason to comprise our own blend of Eclectic Home Education. Our children have thrived on these learning lifestyles.
I will be writing a post on each of these learning lifestyles and the benefits we've derived from them.
Lastly, we also practice Melissa Wiley's concept of Tidal Homeschooling (Melissa is a Catholic homeschooling mom of 6 and author of the prequels to Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books), and Dr. Mary Hood's Relaxed Homeschool Mindset.
Ever since we've embraced these natural, healthier, respectful, pro-family and pro-life learning lifestyles, we no longer experience the stress of fast-food education and rat-race schooling in our home.