Saturday, August 16, 2008

What Kind of Homeschoolers Are We?

We use the Eclectic Method. What does that mean? According to the dictionary: "selecting and using what seems best from various sources, systems or schools of thought."
An Eclectic Homeschooler is one who looks at the different approaches and methods of homeschooling, at the "opinions and principles of each," and takes from each approach and method for his family, forming his own unique philosophy.
Yep, that pretty much sums it up for me. We use a variety of materials and curriculum to fit our needs. I am definitley more relaxed than when we first started homeschooling. You know what, so aren't the kids. They love to learn new things and I often find them researching things on their own. My ultimate goal is for them to be SELF learners. A self learner will do whatever it takes to learn about a topic they are interested in, whithout someone telling/making them do it. It is pretty amazing to see kids who used to struggle with school and not have any interest at all to getting very excited about learning new things and actually doing the work without being forced. Anyway there are a variety of ways to homeschool, and I believe there is no right way or wrong way as long as all involved are happy and progressing.

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