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Eclectic Homeschooling Style

Are you an eclectic homeschooler? You’ll know you are if your results were very mixed on the homeschool styles quiz. You can also be a self-proclaimed eclectic homeschooler if after reading about all the homeschool styles you want to do a bit of everything. Voila! Eclectic homeschooling! 😉

What does eclectic homeschooling look like?

Eclectic homeschooling is exactly that, where homeschoolers pick and choose their favorite features from the other homeschool styles and fit them together to suit their family. I am 100% eclectic in that I am not 100% anything else. I was a traditional homeschooler, that is my natural tendency and one I continue to battle in myself, but it does come through in some of what I choose to do with my kids, my love of routines and lists, etc. I completely believe in unschooling, but it doesn’t work for my family to do it the way I would want to simply because I have too many children to adequately pursue all of their interests. But we implement unschooling when we have a rough season or a certain subject has a certain little person in tears. In those moments, I unschool. I let it go, I take heart in the fact that my kids are learning through life and I breathe deep. Charlotte Mason is my heart, I choose most my curriculum off of this approach and see so much value in it. And I do lots of unit studies, lapbooking, and notebooking. It is all we do for social studies, and we love it!

So if you are anything like me, you can hop around from one to the next, seeing the value in them all and finding what works for your family in that season of your life. This is the beauty of homeschooling! Take a minute and pin this image for eclectic homeschooling mama’s everywhere!

Eclectic Homeschooling: A hodgepodge of homeschool styles. What is your homeschool style? Come take the free quiz and learn more about eclectic homeschooling!


Are you an eclectic homeschooler? What does that mean for you family? Comment below!

Make sure you go back and take the homeschool style quiz if you haven’t already, and take the time to read about each of the homeschool styles. The more we can become aware of the focus of each style, the more we will find what resonates the most with us, and sometimes that is fluid and changing!


  1. Rebecca I really love your blog ! I took the HS style quiz and it said I was 71 % Unit Study, but I think Eclectic is where we really end up and it isn’t because I’m ADD or ADHD (ooh shiney) it’s because I use everything at my disposal to teach my 4 grand kids. I have one auditory learner, one visual, one kinesthetic and a two year old early learner who seems to have attributes of them all. We aren’t unschoolers we are just unwound.

  2. The quiz put me as Charolette Mason but I consider myself an Ecclectic homeschooler. I do like a lot of the Charolette Mason approach though.

  3. I was a mix of unschooling, at the highest 27%, with unit study and traditional following close behind. I think I fall perfectly in the eclectic. I’m new to homeschooling as this fall will be our first year. At first the eclectic approach scared me but as I looked through the boxed curriculums out there they overwelmed me. I want to do what works for us not what someone put together. That being said I do want some structure starting out. At least a plan of some sorts.

  4. The quiz put me in traditional. That is a mold that I’m trying to break out of. I am definitely eclectic. I have an auditory learner and a kinesthetic learner. So I am having to piece things together as I go. I like the Charlotte Mason style. I also lean toward Classical. I have made use of some unit studies, notebooking and lapbooking. I think we have done a little bit of everything. I have to keep switching things up to keep my girls attention. It has been an interesting road because I have never been a very creative person.

    • Please forgive me but whenever I hear a person say they are not creative, I
      I need to jump in. Look at all the ‘switching around’ you have done to
      keep up with your girls attention spans. THAT takes REAL CREATIVITY if
      I have ever seen! Homeschooling moms are bursting with creativity!
      If we didn’t have it, we could NOT be doing it. I am struggling myself with
      an ADHD, SPD, 10 YO daughter who seems to hate everything! But I keep
      on searching, looking, brainstorming for new ways to engage her.
      I consider myself a very creative person so I pray I will get there in the end.
      You seem to be doing great. And very creative!

  5. I do identify with you! My results were 25% traditional (I do love my structure), 23% Charlotte mason (I also love this style! So much value in it!), and %20 unschooled (which makes sense bc I have 4 littles and sometimes just have to take a break and let their natural curiosity be our school).
    This quiz was very enlightening for me! Thank you!

  6. I landed in Eclectic interesting I suppose it’s because that is right where I thrive in our homeschooling journey. I am enamored by Charlotte Mason and received equal percentages marks in CM, Unschooling and Eclectic. I’d say that is right on! My thing is I have such an in-depth process in choosing the materials that will speak to me I can easily become overwhelmed. My ultimate goal is to inspire and not require. I want to inspire pegs to hang learning on and revisit when that information resurfaces throughout the years. I need the beauty of creativity combined with practicality. Getting there is my daily prayer request. I need some type of a daily meaning or plan so that I will be more motivated to just jump in there and do it and not muddle through it.
    I am excited to be inspired by your experiences. Thank you!

  7. I took the quiz and got 25% traditional and 22% unschooled. 😂 I was homeschool traditionally because that’s all there was at the time. So it’s natural to me. But not so much my kids. Traditional is easy so I tend to lean that way but I LOVE the idea of note poking and Charlotte Mason. I’ve been homeschooling for the last 11 years. My oldest taught himself to read at 4 and I’ve hardly ever had to ‘do’ any school with him…. his 3 younger siblings? Not a chance. They are all kinetic learners of course. So the last few years we have been doing more and more notebooking (for science and history/geography) and Charlotte Mason/traditional for math and ELA. I make my own curriculum for science and history so I’d say I’m more of an Eclectic Homeschool Mom.

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