So often when the subject of homeschooling comes up with those that are not familiar with it, you here many of the same questions. "What about friends for your kids?" "What about sports?" "What educational level do you have that qualifies you to teach your children?" To the latter , I can't come up with a better answer then.... we are their parents...we want what's best for our children....what better teacher then a loving parent.
We as parents know our children. We know their interests. So we encourage and help them persue their interests, the best that we can. They don't need "school" to learn and do the things they love. Actually, I believe one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is that our children can pursue interests,that they might not have had the opportunity to pursue had they been in school. As a homeschooling mom I have tried to instill the love of reading and learning in my children. Some of my kids LOVE to read and others not so much, unless of course it's something they are interested in : ) The children of mine that don't love to read are more hands on kind of learners and that's okay.
Although we do incorporate textbooks into our homeschooling, I've always appreciated real life learning in our homeschooling. I find my kids remember the most that way.
As each new year of homeschooling draws near, I try to take the time to ask my children what they want to learn about or do in their homeschooling for the year.