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Eclectic Homeschooling

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There are several methods of homeschooling, such as Charlotte Mason, classical, computer, traditional, and so forth.  There are even different styles within each method.  Eclectic homeschooling is our method of choice.  It is like having the best of each method combined into one.  Allow me to show you what works in our homeschool. 

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We primarily use textbooks for science.   Apologia is the curriculum we have used for years.  Apologia also provides access to online helps for each module.  Recently, I discovered the Virtual Homeschool Group.  It has video teaching for the Apologia curriculum.  We have used VHG as a way of reviewing the material and in answering questions.

Math has always been a challenge to find what works.  We have used textbooks, DVDs, and computer courses at different times in the past.  This year we are using a combination of the above.  Math-U-See provides both a textbook and a DVD for each level.  My son uses this curriculum.  He prefers textbooks and only uses the DVD to help with clarification.  My daughter is using a computer program from A+ TutorSoft.  It has a combination of lessons, worksheets, and exams within the CD-ROM software.

We have used a variety of curriculum for language arts.  This year we use a form of the Charlotte Mason homeschool method.  My daughter is using Total Language Plus for most of her language arts.  The curriculum is literature based.  She also uses Analytical Grammar to fill in the gaps from the past and this year as well.  My son uses Excellence in Literature along with an essay course from a different company.

My daughter is using a combination of lapbooking and notebooking for history.  Between the two, she prefers notebooking the most.  She is tired of the cutting and pasting that most of the lapbooking requires.  My son uses a form of unit studies for geography.  His curriculum calls for more online research than it does projects.

Art is one of my daughter’s favorite subjects.  She takes art lessons from a family member who is an accomplished artist.  She also uses SEE THE LIGHT, which teaches art lessons via DVDs.  Along with those, she has many art books with instructions on how to complete projects.  Both of my children take ceramic classes in 4-H.

My daughter has taken piano lessons since she was four years old.  My son stopped taking lessons after eight years.

P.E. is a fun course for my kiddos.  My son plays basketball on a homeschool team and plays baseball for a community team.  This year he will do some volunteer coaching for the baseball team.  My daughter is currently taking dance lessons.  This summer she will add volleyball to her P.E. course.

We use Rosetta Stone for Spanish.  I took Spanish in high school and remember very little of it.  Therefore, I am thankful for this CD-ROM curriculum.

4-H has numerous clubs and projects for children to do.  My son has narrowed down his interests and now only takes ceramics.  He likes the fact he can finish his project months before the fair comes along.  My daughter is always adding something new.  Currently, she is taking photography and a variety of fine art projects.  In addition, she is in the media club.

Eclectic homeschooling has added a lot of variety to our homeschool and has allowed us to stretch our learning styles.  What method of homeschooling do you use?


Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant



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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.


  1. Demetria @ Christian Homeschool Moms

    We’re also an eclectic family. We enjoy a variety of different curricula and have different type learners to cater to. My daughters love SEE The Light for art also, and my youngest is using Math U See. My oldest uses Saxon but we are thinking of switching to either Teaching Textbooks or A+ TutorSoft. For history we like lapbooking, timelines, and Brainpop. Science is a combination of things, mostly library books on a topic and experiments we can do at home. P.E. is park day with our homeschool group along with walks around our house or bike-riding/scootering. Thanks for sharing what your day looks like and the curricula you use. How do your children enjoy the A Plus Tutorsoft math?

  2. Hi Demetria!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sorry I did not respond sooner. All my comments went into the wrong folder.


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