Homeschool Eclectics


Homeschool Eclectics

For those of us who like to do our own thing with curriculum  -  a little of this, a little of that, and maybe write our own! 

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Latest Activity: Jun 20

Welcome to Homeschool Eclectics

This is a group for those of us who like to do our own thing with curriculum. We are the ones who use a bit of this and a bit of that, throw in a lot of hands-on activities like art, science, field trips, and cooking, and sometimes write our own lesson plans. We most likely have HUGE libraries - mine is currently about 3,000 books (yes, it's true), and a variety of crazy interests! Mine are reading, writing, hiking outdoors, dogs, cats, cooking, crochet, sci-fi, and ham radio. 

So what are your interests? 

Discussion Forum

Lap Books

Started by Cindy Downes. Last reply by Betty Jo Hendrickson Jul 17, 2013. 4 Replies

I am teaching writing and Oklahoma History in the 2013-2014 school year and want to use a few lap books. I thought this would be a good place to discuss them and get some ideas. Have you used any lap…Continue

The "Typical" Eclectic Homeschooler

Started by Cindy Downes. Last reply by Mimi Andrews May 24, 2013. 8 Replies

This is a trick question! There is no typical eclectic homeschooler. That's why we're eclectic! We're as diverse as the alphabet. Let's see if we can fill in the alphabet with our unique qualities!…Continue

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What is your favorite writing curriculum or resource?

Started by Cindy Downes Mar 27, 2013. 0 Replies

I am teaching composition at co-ops this year and trying all the newer curriculums that weren't available when I was teaching my own children. Do you gals have any recommendations? I am teaching jr.…Continue

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Comment by Shelly Sangrey on October 18, 2013 at 12:04pm
I have 11 children- ages 20, 14, 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 3, 2, and 5 months- so obviously a traditional method is out the window. We've been using the Konos unit study for the last two years with a few tweaks here and there. Each child has his/her own language arts and math curriculum that they usually use everyday, unless we've covered those subjects sufficiently in the unit study that day. I've also been known to let them skip math bookwork for the day and bake goodies instead. (Especially in this fall weather!) Other days we will just do spelling and will either watch a DVD pertaining to our topic, go on a field trip (earlier this week we visited the water treatment plant to supplement our ecology unit), or just head down to the creek to look for frogs, turtles, and crayfish. Admittedly, those are our favorite days, but everyday is a complete blessing!
Comment by Sasha on May 22, 2013 at 5:51pm
Oh I see. Well I appreciate your responses and I will make sure to evaluate my sons issue before buying a curriculum....
Comment by Sasha on May 22, 2013 at 5:03pm
So what hurdles did you need to jump?
Comment by Sasha on May 22, 2013 at 2:16pm
Both sons hands on and visual however info set to music also helpful. I kind of agree with the classical education view that memorization in early years is good. But I also want it to connect to what we are currently learning. That is why I am not going strictly with classical conversations for example. Another issue I am dealing with is my soon to be 4th grader writing. He despises anything to do with writing. Asking him to write sentences using spelling words for example he gets stuck. He hates even creative writing. My other son soon to be 2nd grader would have too much fun with it haha. Definately different. So I am looking for a writing program. Someone mentioned IEW. Any thoughts. By the way I also hated writing in school. I struggled with essays, paragraphs, creative writing. I am ashamed to admit I got through school having people write most my papers. So I don't want that for him you know...I am going to my state homeschool convention in a couple weeks(California) so I am trying to glet as much feedback as possible :). Thanks!
Comment by Sasha on May 22, 2013 at 4:56am
Oh sorry what I meant by memory period or time was a time slot to go over things to memorize. Example I an to be doing early American this year so memorize presidents, states, scripture, math facts etc. I was curious if how families are doing this if at all....
Comment by Sasha on May 22, 2013 at 2:01am
Oops mistake. Now I realized I am more pull here and there. I love researching curriculum... Maybe a little too much :) this next year I am looking for a good writing curriculum. Maybe IEW? I also want to add a memory time. Any suggestions?
Comment by Sasha on May 22, 2013 at 1:58am
Yeah my first year of homeschooling was 2 years ago. I let my son finish first grade. So my first year homeschooling a 2nd grader and kinder. Bought abeka full curriculum biggest mista
Comment by Cindy Downes on March 20, 2013 at 7:23pm

Be sure to add your "Eclectic ABC" to our discussion! A and B are up - who will continue with C?

Comment by Catherine Dreher on March 20, 2013 at 1:45pm

I'm a wife and homeschooling mom of three, ages 3, 8, and 11.  Been fighting the curriculum blues for over a year now and am scrapping a lot of it mid-semester.  We're moving to a more "unschooling" feel.  My blog explains it in more detail:  Hope to learn a lot from everyone and hope to provide some inspiration and misfortunes of my own.

Comment by Cindy Downes on March 19, 2013 at 10:49pm

Introduce yourself and tell us how you use curriculum and other resources in your homeschool. What ages are your kids? What works well for  you? 


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