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The Eclectic Method

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 Most parents use a variety of teaching methods, depending on their needs and resources.  This is called the Eclectic Method.  Parents who use this method choose various strategies from other homeschooling methods to customize and create their own method. 

The Eclectic Method relies heavily upon the parent's observational skills.  The ultimate goal is to determine how each child learns and how each child relates to different teaching methods.  These observations are instrumental in developing an educational strategy that fits the individual child.  There is no public or private school that has enough resources to customize its curriculum on a child-by-child basis, which is extremely beneficial to the child and one of the many advantages of this homeschooling method.

This method is often used for children with special needs.  These are children who have perceptual or neurological differences that cause them to process information atypically or those who have physical disabliities.

Some helpful guidelines for homeschooling children with special needs are:

  • Develop a teaching strategy that is tailored not only to the learning style, but the needs of the child
  • Customize the assignments, schedule, and environment
  • Don't try to recreate the school environment at home, adjust the learning environment to fit the child's unique situation.
  • Remove limits, don't allow the child to be limited by his disability.
  • Don't set low expectations, encourage the child to strive toward their goals.
  • Be flexible, don't stick to rigid schedules, It's okay to diivert from the daily plan
  • Take breaks when needed, go for walks, do exercises, etc. 

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