I have said several times before that our homeschooling style is Classical Eclectic and I just want to share what that looks like at our house.
My main resources for ideas come from The Well Trained Mind and Teaching the Trivium. Also, the Well Trained Mind Forums is a great place to get information.
Our Classical Side
We use the Bible because as Ruth Beechick said, "The Bible is the most classic of all classical books, containing the greatest of all great ideas throughout civilizations. Keep it as the core of your home education."
Reading instruction comes from The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and just plain old lots of free reading from the hundreds of books we own to the great selection we bring home from the library.
We do a little copy work and a little (very little at this point) dictation.
We keep organized notebooks.
We have Socratic discussions.
We memorize facts.
We do most writing assignments in relation to our history studies.
We don't always use history textbooks, but instead spines that may or may not be a textbook or an encyclopedia. We use numerous fiction history novels, primary sources and biographies to complete our history studies.
Latin - we are starting it next month.
Our Eclectic Side
We do use some textbooks, like Apologia Physical Science , Abeka High School Health or Abeka Arithmetic 1.
We take Field Trips.
We play educational video games and board games.
We watch documentaries and shows on the Science Channel, like How It's Made.
We watch The History Channel.
We play outside.
We participate in Scouts as part of our educational and life enrichment program.
We use workbooks. (GASP!) Workbooks get a bad rap by certain homeschoolers, but I think they serve a purpose and there is a time and a place for them. "Workbooks" we love: Explode the Code, A Reason for Handwriting, Map Skills and CLE Language Arts.
For now, this is what we do. As a new homeschooler it was straight textbooks and workbooks for us. I bought all Bob Jones University Press our first year. BJU does have some great qualities, but for the most part I was overwhelmed, my son was overwhelmed and it was pure torture getting through a school day trying to follow everything in the TE's. Of course, today I know I don't have to do everything listed in a TE and I could much more easily adapt and incorporate a textbook in to our school day when I want to.
What's your homeschool style?