In the homeschooling styles overview, we have covered the classical style, the unschooling style, the traditional style, and the unit studies style. But what if you don’t want to follow any of those styles?
Welcome to the club! I don’t follow any of the above styles with Monkey or Bo. What we do is the eclectic style.
What is the eclectic homeschooling style?
Basically, the eclectic style is anything you want it to be! We do a mix of many of the other styles. We have traditional math, classical science and grammar, unschooling electives, and occasionally, subjects with unit studies.
How does the eclectic style work?
Basically, you simply chose curriculum that fits in with your schedule, what you want to teach that year, and your budget. I think for first grade, I spend under $80 for Monkey’s entire year. This year, I have spent a little more, but most of that was for her math curriculum. I feel like math is her most important subject this year, which is why I went traditional with Horizon Math.
What are the benefits of the eclectic style?
The benefits of this system is that you are not tied down to any particular program. If you need to spend more time on math, you can do that. If you need to watch your budget, the eclectic style is one of the most budget-friendly options available. If you don’t like the history from one company, you can try a different company’s history book. There are endless options and no limits!
What are the drawbacks of eclectic homeschooling?
Eclectic homeschooling can get you into a little trouble. If you are not careful, it is possible for the student to get behind in a certain subject. It can also be a challenge to complete lesson plans. Many full curriculum programs have pre-written lesson plans that make it easy to teach. With the eclectic method, you may have to spend more time planning your year. If you are not familiar with homeschooling or the types of curriculum out there, the eclectic style can be overwhelming. I don’t recommend the eclectic style for new homeschoolers.
Where can I learn more about the eclectic style?
You can learn about it right here on Schooling a Monkey as Monkey and I (and eventually Bo) go through it all! We’re in second grade this year, but have covered all years from preschool through first grade in the past.