Not really a style, eclectic homeschooling is a catch-all method for families that
borrow useful elements from several ap-proaches. Eclectic homeschoolers use
what fits best with each child’s interests
Founded by Maria Montessori, this
method advocates observing your child,
removing obstacles to learning, encouraging independence, and providing children with real, scaled-to-size tools to use.
Based on Mary Hood’s philosophy: a
“relaxed home school” develops out of
the mindset that you are a family, not a
school; a dad, not a principal; a mom, not
a teacher; and that you have individual
relationships with your children, not a
classroom. This mindset helps you to stress
out less over school-like expectations, and
relax and enjoy your family. (http://www.
The goal of the school-at-home approach
is to do what schools do, only better.
Families who follow this style may set
up a part of their home just like a classroom, right down to the blackboard and
flag. They generally use textbooks or
programs, online or print, which closely
resemble the ones used in schools. And
they usually judge their children’s progress using quizzes, exams, assignments,
and standardized tests.
Unit Studies or Project-Based
With the unit studies method of homeschooling, one topic (or goal) becomes
the starting point for every subject from
math to literature to science and social studies. Project-based learning ap-proaches learning in a similar way. Students select or are given a problem or
goal as the focus of their studies.
Also known as interest-led homeschooling, unschooling lets the child lead the
way. Popularized by John Holt in the
1960s, unschooling is rooted in the
theory that children learned this way
throughout most of human history. The
style also incorporates daily life into
learning. Many unschoolers also use it as
a template for all aspects of parenting.
What homeschooling method do you
use, and why?
Abby Meendering is a business intelligence
analyst at Alpha Omega Publications, a
leading provider of PreK- 12 Christian
curriculum, educational resources, and
services to Christian schools and homeschool families worldwide. An avid reader,
Abby is the wife of a football coach and a
mother of a three-year-old daughter. More
of her writings can be found at www.aop
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Eclectic homeschoolers use what fits best with each child’s interests and abilities.