At the park, a grandma with a 2 year old and I struck up a conversation. It came out that I have 5 children and that I homeschool. I also go to church and send the children to Sunday school. "I thought you said you homeschool?" She said. That gave me pause thinking "Why do I homeschool them for some things but not church?" Well, I do homeschool them for church, but I also participate in a community where they are able to experience the example and teaching of other members of the community. And we have scripture and prayer study at home as well as general moral instruction, daily...
My sister is the bomb. She homeschools her 9 children and currently keeps them home from primary for various reasons. Instead of primary the children come home and study the gospel with their mom. The family has a daily devotional with singing. She is really schooling them in the gospel.
I think the general population is uncomfortable with homeschooling because they imagine unregulated instruction of children is possible, and the comparison of time invested makes them uncomfortable. Yet children in school with involved parents are very successful at the tasks of school. And children at church with involved parents are also likely to be very successful at church.
Homeschool parents are a lot like highly involved school parents. I know moms who are at their child's school weekly for several hours. Wow! As a homeschool mom, that's about how much I show up for my children's education. I check in to see if they've done their work. I remind them to do their work. And if they have a question, I try to help. I don't actually have to teach them much. They are amazing!
Tonight we did read a book about snowflakes and then we went and cut up snowflakes and decorated the front room. Oh yeah. I felt so school-y.
My mother in law gave me a history curriculum for Christmas. I'm really looking forward to going through the course with the children. I never had a good relationship with history.
Modeling a good attitude toward learning is such a benefit to your children.