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Eclectic Method
If we picture all the different homeschooling methods as a meadow full of flowers, each distinct in its beauty, then the eclectic method of home education would be like a butterfly in it, flying from one blossom to another, savouring the nectar of its choice.
The above example captures the essence of the eclectic method in a nutshell. Eclectic homeschoolers do not follow any one approach of home education; instead, they pick and choose from the different methods what suits them best. For example, an eclectic homeschooling family may use the traditional approach for Math, unschooling for Social Studies and Science, the living books approach for reading and writing, unit studies for History and rely on an institute for Islamic learning. They may also supplement all of that with language classes or field trips or join a co-op or club for sports.
The advantages that the eclectic method offers to homeschoolers are manifold. The eclectic families can be as innovative and flexible as they deem necessary – from the different methods of home education, they can piece together a curriculum, which would meet the temperament, gifts, interests and learning styles of their children. Since every homeschooling method has its own drawbacks, the eclectic parents can pick and choose the best of each of them. Likewise, the eclectic families do not have to be rigid about their homeschooling – if something seems to be not working well, they can refine and supplement their curriculum. They can also tailor their choices to suit their finances.
Having said that, with so many options to choose from, this method may prove to be overwhelming for the inexperienced homeschooler. It takes a healthy dose of confidence, extensive research and considerable time commitment to make your own curriculum. It is easier to follow a readily available method than to piece together one of your own. Families choosing this method have to be very clear about their homeschooling goals. Shopping around the different methods may prove counterproductive, if parents lack the necessary vision regarding their children's education.
Nowadays, when different models of schooling are under scrutiny for their shortcomings, concerned Muslim parents may find the eclectic method a welcome choice – it offers them the freedom and flexibility to formulate their own approach.
Here is the blog of a Muslim eclectic home educator: http://bizzi-he.blogspot.com/

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