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Creative Homeschooling

If you’re entertaining the idea that homeschooling might be a good choice for your family but you have no idea how to begin homeschooling, I’ve got great news for you. There are many methods or ways of carrying out the process of educating your child from home.

Homeschooling methods or approaches include Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unit Studies, Unschooling or Interest-led, Montessori, Waldorf and Eclectic. I’m Eclectic in my homeschooling. I take what I want from other approaches and come up with my own thing. Some people can’t do that, they need more structure. I have a friend like that, however I’m different in that I need the freedom to come up with my own plan and incorporate what I want into that plan. You can do a search online about any of those methods to learn more about them.

Since I’m most familiar with the Eclectic approach I want to talk about that a little in this post. Personally I don’t like a lot of text-book teaching, I like to be creative, and I don’t have the  money to invest in retail price full-set curriculum anyway. That’s okay! Neither lack of money nor lack of creativity needs to be a handicap for the parent whose heart is set on homeschooling. There are so many affordable and creative options available today.

My Eclectic Homeschooling

We have a lot of libraries in our area and my husband is a library expert of sorts. Fortunately, that has rubbed off (at least a little) on me. I now use a lot of library DVDs to aid in my homeschooling. I find great educational DVDs on a variety of topics and my husband gets the boys books and reads to them nightly (but he was doing that sort of thing before I began homeschooling them).

I also look online for free printable resources. For example, today I wanted to find some worksheets or coloring pages to go along with the Bill Nye DVD on Spiders I borrowed from the library. I just searched for something like “free spider printables” and printed off what I thought I could use. Here is a good list of some online homeschooling resources for starting.

In addition to the above, I use some reference-type books from Usbourne. This year I’m reading a couple of pages or so at a time to the boys from an Usbourne science encyclopedia for kids. I bought world maps from the “dollar store” to hang on the wall and we’re learning about the world. I’ve set up notebooks for each of my sons divided by continents, and I am approaching our social studies, geography, history, government, and more from a worldwide perspective. As the boys do worksheets or projects that apply to a certain country, I can put those pages in the notebook according to the continent where that country is located.

Here you can see some of the other educational choices I made for 2010 and 2011. My favorite place to buy affordable (downloadable) homeschooling printables for lapbooking or notebooking is Currclick. I find so many wonderfully created sets there that go on sale for $1.00 or less. You can also pay by Paypal and then download it to your computer to keep and print off when you’re ready.

If you have any questions about the Eclectic method in general or my “eclectic” method in particular, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer back.


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“Homeschooling-mom” and “mom-blogger” are two roles Tracy Zdelar didn’t plan on owning. However, as they often do, things changed. She is the Prime Parents’ Club Homeschooling Contributor and also writes at her blog Hall of Fame Moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.[/author_info]

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In addition to homeschooling her boys, Tracy owns and writes from her blog Hall of Fame Moms sharing not only reviews on family-friendly products and places but also posts about homeschooling resources, frugal living, her faith and more. Like her boys', she enjoys wild things in nature. Catterpillars, bugs and tadpoles are welcomed guests in their home. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

5 Comments

  1. Celia

    September 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hello from another Ohio eclectic homeschooler! Saw your link on the OH-HEN list.

    Don’t forget http://www.HomeSchoolShare.com for free unit studies, lapbooks, and notebooking pages. :)

    • Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms

      September 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

      You’re right, Celia! I use them too… that is an excellent resource and FREE! Thank you for mentioning it.

      Nice to meet a fellow Ohioan homeschooler ;)

      • Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms

        September 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

        In fact, I’m going to add that link to the list of resources on my blog ;) Thanks again for the reminder!

        • Celia

          September 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

          If you want a blog button/graphic, you can use the one(s) at my Dust Bunnies And Books blog at Blogger (blogspot).

          (I created the graphic to the main site, and Ami created the one to the message boards. I’m one of the ones that helps Ami with the HSS site, though I don’t write as many units as I used to!)

          • Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms

            September 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

            Awesome, Celia, so nice to meet one of the girls behind the scenes! You girls do a great thing for us homeschooling parent’s, making it easy for us to find creative things to print off and use!!

            I think I’ve used your volcano/earthquake/tsunami info… phonics lapbook and maybe taken bits and pieces from others to use in other projects.

            Thank you, thank you!!