Off the Beaten Path

I had two years’ worth of travel and exploration that I was trying to cram into a two-week itinerary.  This was my first visit to the southwestern United States and I had been looking forward to it and planning this trip for over a year.  I had never seen the Grand Canyon or Carlsbad Caverns,…

Family Camping

Since everyone in my family loves the outdoors, we go on a lot of camping trips. In 2018, we visited all 40 of the NC State Parks, and camped at about ten of them.  The facilities have been consistently clean and well-run, with well-developed campsites, friendly staff, and beautiful places to enjoy. We don’t generally…

Rocks in My Pockets

“My pants are falling down!” complained my youngest. I gave him a cloth bag and he promptly emptied his pockets of approximately two pounds of rocks.  No wonder his pants were a bit challenging.  He then asked me if I would carry the bag of rocks.  I politely declined.  “They’re your rocks.” I told him. …

Why I Love Homeschooling

I don’t hate Mondays.  Monday has a lot of potential.  As the only day in my week that is not regularly scheduled, I can wake up in the morning and decide what to do, based on the weather, or a whim, or one of my kids may have something in mind.  We could sit around…

Grading

Grading is tough.  I haven’t graded anything until this year.  We just *did* things and that was that.  I encouraged my kids to do things well, to work on it until it was something they were proud of.  It seemed like a good way to do things.  But then things got very sloppy, haphazard, or…

The Weekly Schedule

Every week is a little different, depending upon what appears on the calendar, holidays, travels, illness, special events, weather, etc.  On Monday of each week, I give each student a weekly planner page so they can see what’s expected of them for the week.  As they do each assignment, they cross it off the list….

1st Day of School

We officially opened our homeschool academic year the day after Labor Day, 2016.  Both kids were sick with colds and there was much coughing and sniffling.  We didn’t do much.  I read a bunch of chapters of whatever book we were reading at the time. After spending much of the summer with ideas of the…

Summer Camp

Does summer camp count as part of the “homeschool” experience?  Certainly.  My kids participated in 2 weeks of summer camp this year, both camps had wildlife/outdoor themes.  From a parental standpoint, it was a mostly good experience for them. Good stuff: They were outside all day, ran around a lot, and played lots of games;…

Eclectic Homeschooling

We homeschool and we are pretty eclectic about it.  Some days are very “unschoolish” and other days are more scheduled and structured.  I’m not really sure which works best.  I struggle with the idea of “unschooling” because it seems to me that my kids will not learn anything.  Yet I hesitate to have a rigid…

What am I doing???

Welcome to the Eclectic Homeschooling blog, some stories of our experiences as a homeschooling family.  We don’t stick with any set curriculum, but rather feel free to explore whatever is of interest.  Perhaps my kids are exposed to some new idea or concept, if that sparks an interest, we dig deep and learn as much…

Self-Publishing on Amazon

The ice cream truck played the same song over and over, day after day. My older son was really annoyed by the music and one day said he wanted to write a letter to the ice cream truck company and complain. Any opportunity to write is a good opportunity to write, so I handed him…