Doing It My Way

Our Family's Example

Eclectic homeschooling is defined as compiling or writing your own home school curriculum,

by taking the best of different approaches and styles,

to suit your family’s individual needs.

Some background on how my eclectic homeschooling developed:

  • When my oldest was ‘school age’ I bought a curriculum for a few subjects.

  • On the very first day of studying the Teacher manual I threw it away, since it didn’t make any sense (too many subjects per day with no logic to the rhythm). It was just too difficult to use (too much paper used for too little info.)

  • On the second day I threw away one subject’s complete workbook since the quality of information was so low – and it contained facts that I did not want my child to know at that age.

  • Within a week I realized that the books I had ordered is just somebody else’s decision on what a child of a certain age should know – it did not reflect what I thought my child should know.

  • Within a month I realized that if somebody else can make a decision on books, I can make my own decision and just order the books somewhere else (for much less cost).

  • Within the first quarter, I knew that buying another curriculum is not going to answer my needs or support what I wanted for our children’s education.

  • Therefore within the first year, I realized I can and I did write my own curriculum for the following year.

  • Within that same year I realized I have actually been ‘homeschooling’ since the day my child was born. I just needed to continue with it, improving along the way.

  • For the past 20 years I have been homeschooling the eclectic way year by year and still doing it my own way...with great success.

  • As my experience developed, my confidence in what to use and what not to use has improved and for the past 20 years it has been a process of improvement year by year.

With a growing vision of where we want to end up, the curriculum is adapted as we go along.

It is not as difficult as you think – you are your child’s best educator – you just need to BELIEVE it!

On the following pages I briefly explain what we as a family did with every step of following the 7 Step process for homeschool improvement.

For a complete description and more detail on how we as a family are doing this homeschool thing...

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Homeschooling Guide on a Personal Eclectic Curriculum

FREE to see how we have compiled our own curriculum over all these years!

For more information on the steps as we did it just click on the link:

Step1 Vision personal

Step2 Approaches personal

Step3 Course of study personal

Step4 Curriculum personal

Step5 Plan and do personal

Step6 Measure and reward personal

Step7 Adapt to improve personal

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