View Poll Results: What type of homeschool do you do?

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  • Box

    1 2.00%
  • Ecletic

    32 64.00%
  • Unit Studies

    1 2.00%
  • Unschooler

    3 6.00%
  • Online

    0 0%
  • Other

    13 26.00%
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    We are happily eclectic, with materials from about ten different companies.
    Mama of one DS, class of 2026;
    recovering schoolteacher;
    lifelong bookworm

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    Eclectic, until somebody says, "How can you call yourself eclectic when you don't even...." at which point I will sigh and say, "Fine, then. I'm not eclectic. I'm Ethel, pleased to meet you."
    Last edited by IEF; 08-08-2015 at 07:55 PM.

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    I'm Eclectic

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    I chose 'other'.
    I guess the best description is that we are eclectic leaning towards unschooling or child-led learning.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    We're eclectic, meaning in our case, never as structured as I imagine I'll be able to pull off THIS year, and we have a zillion different bits and pieces of curriculum, some of which we bought new, most of which I found at the thrift store, some of which is 20 years old, and most of which we have never used. Groan.

    I think "magpie" would describe me better. Look, a shiny button! Gotta stash it! Might use it someday!

    ACtually, it's exactly the same mentality that causes some of us to occasionally realize we need to let go of our Fabric Stash. You know, the fabric collection that gets far too big to justify, full of unrealized hopes, dreams, and ambitions? That must sooner or later be faced and disposed of, dropped off at Goodwill because we have to finally face the fact that we're never going to use it because it's always too nice to use? I had 6 yards of really excellent tartan wool suiting in lovely warm autumn colors...perfect for something. Something I will live and die without ever getting around to making. So I let it go, and vowed to stop giving in to that urge.

    But now I do it with curriculum.
    Last edited by crunchynerd; 08-08-2015 at 11:18 PM.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    Definitely eclectic. I wouldn't even say we've pieced it together; other than Khan for math and a 3-year journal for writing nothing is permanent. I guess it could also be considered unschooling, but Kiddo doesn't get a choice about Khan or the journal.
    Kiddo - 7

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    We are unschoolers.
    Started out in a Montessori school.
    Moved to homeschooling and did some home 'paper work' stuff. Then my youngest (7 or 8 at the time) flipped out and had several melt downs. So, I kept with the Montessori and followed my kids, which led to unschooling.

    Nice to meet everyone

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    I checked "other", but am usually eclectic, but feel like I need a choice of "I don't know."

    I have bought boxed curriculum in the past (K12, then OM), but never have used their math and rarely their Language Arts - those I piecemeal and create myself. I also don't follow the schedule as laid out at all (though with OM English, I do pick and choose from it from time to time for ideas because it ties in with history, usually.) I add a ton of stuff from all kinds of other sources - from MCT, to traditional textbooks, from online, worksheets, tutors, independent study, stuff I create from a mess of different sources, and that includes group classes, but I also try to follow my kid's interests as much as possible and so feel more child-led a good deal of the time. Though, often I have to introduce a topic first to spark an interest and see where he goes with it.

    Also, we go through periods that look remarkably like "unschooling", but probably wouldn't pass muster with dedicated unschooling enthusiasts. And when DS gets a bug up his butt about a particular topic, I switch to "unit study" mode to make the most of it, as well.

    So "other" it is for us. Over the years we've evolved into homeschooling -in our style, and I'm not sure it falls into a simple classification anymore. I'd call it more "Riding the Waves" style.
    Last edited by ejsmom; 08-09-2015 at 10:28 PM. Reason: more thoughts than typing speed
    homeschooling one DS, age 13.

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    Unschooler....until someone says, "Children don't really need to learn to read, write or do math." While I'm pretty staunchly in the camp of child-led learning.....child-led doesn't mean parent-absent in my book. I subscribe to the version of unschooling where parents are active guides and facilitators who know what their kids are doing and work to help enhance their learning. A really talented unschooler (to me, anyway) provides subtle guidance in a useful way...while respecting the choices of a truly content child. (even if those choices are not always in synch with the parent's personal priorities)

    But when a kid gets lost or stuck (bored, no longer learning, in a rut), I think saying..."Hey kid, what's going on over there? Go see if that's the path! Lead on!" responsible (and necessary) parenting. I also think goal discussions are fair and necessary.

    I'm a firm believer in actionable daily steps toward long term goals.

    I'm a firm believer in many many different ways up the mountain, so to speak.

    I'm a firm believer in carrots instead of whips.

    I'm a firm believer in not nagging, not causing tears, and not repeating methods that don't work.

    I'm a firm believer in listening to your kids twice as much as you instruct them.

    I firmly believe in supporting all choices and aspirations. (unless, like, my kid wanted to be a boxer or something....because sports where the goal is inflicting brain damage are just
    Last edited by CrazyMom; 08-09-2015 at 11:51 PM.
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