Ok, here's why we would be described as eclectic:
ds has, for a very long time, been totally obsessed with animals. Since he was, like, 3 or so, he eats, sleeps and breathes animals. Especially if they creep, crawl, ooze, bite, sting, inflate, detach part of their bodies, or are, in any other way, gross. He's long thought of studying something like marine biology. I regularily have to clear out dozens of nature guides from his bed linens when I do the laundry.
Or, at least, he was completely obsessed with animals until this year. I had planned a special month long project for September, where we would go out for daily nature walks, collect and identify specimens, and write up a nature guide to our immediate neighborhood. I was really looking forward to this. Ds didn't seem very excited, though.
Yesterday we went to the library, and ds browsed the military engineering section. He took out stacks of books on radio waves, basic physics, building electromagnetic gadgets, nanotechnology, and, of all things, boat building (?)
After watching a story on Daily Planet (daily science news show in Canada) he's decided he wants to learn about motors, and try to build a motorized chair (he's talking barcalounger here, not a wheelchair
), and that to do the stuff he's suddenly interested in, he needs to learn about physics and chemistry, areas of science that (except for organic chemistry) he's had zero interest in before.
So, if I were attached to a particular curriculum or method of school-at-home, I'd be trying to push him to do the life sciences project I'd worked out that he's not interested in. And despite all the appearances of unschooling here, ds would happily let all these books and interests sit until "later", which, for him, would only come if there was a blackout and he couldn't find any electronic entertainment. And the phones all went down all at once. And all his buddies were out of town. And the cats stopped being entertaining. No, he'd still probably spend hours in his room writing up game scenarios and manga. Not saying those aren't worthwhile activities, but he actually wants
to learn this stuff, and he wants help to learn it. That means I have to help him to get to work