Whoah, you fast mamas!
Nemesis, ditto everything you said. I never thought I would do it and it works for us, for now. I emphasize for now, b/c we take it 1 year at a time.
A day in the life example: School At My HouseWell-Trained Mind
author Susan Wise Bauer
has always been my inspiration. She's a university professor, a mom of 4, lives on a farm, and author of many history books. She teaches the classical style which is what I *try* but mine is more slacker-style b/c I'm not very organized.
I don't think I would've homeschooled had I not met so many smart, cool, funny, witty moms who I clicked with immediately. For instance, one woman is a doctor (gp) and her husband's a neurosurgeon. She lived one block from my house. They are hardcore marathoners and skiiers as well. She has 5 kids, and plenty of money. Someone comes to her house almost full-time to grocery shop, cook, clean. She prepares all the meals for the week on 2 days of the week so that when she leaves all the mom has to do is heat/serve. B/c of her science background, she held group science classes in her garage and they dissected animals. Um, what's my point? You find all kinds of moms in all kinds of professions scheduling homeschool around their lives.
Another mom does all her homeschooling in the 6 months of summer in Texas and travels during the other seasons.
For my 5yo and 9yo, we homeschool from 9-12 and we're done. In the afternoons, they play and I run errands, do chores, projects, etc. and they help if they can. I think at these ages, it's hard to mess up. I was super-paranoid in the beginning and obsessively researched, bought materials, etc. Now, I realize they learn b/c it's fun and they like it and I try not to get in the way, but merely facilitate it. I do have lessons, however, like right now we're working on the multiplication tables.
I mainly love it b/c we are not tied down to a schedule.
I highly recommend searching for a yahoo listserv group in your area and just visiting/meeting moms. I do not have much in common with the moms where I live now b/c of religious reasons, meaning religious reasons aren't the reason we homeschool.
just like bf-ing and co-sleeping, dh was not on board at first and now when i talk about public school, he freaks out. Note: I loved public school.
playgroups and other moms/playdates, parkdates, and sports/art classes/etc become essential.
re:head time. i don't get as much here as i did in austin simply b/c i don't have a tribe yet. when i had one in austin, my kids were usually gone to another homeschooler's house all afternoon a couple days a week so i got plenty of headtime and vice versa. i find it easier to have no kids or more kids, but that's just me.
i am contemplating starting a formal-ish homeschool group in which i am paid. it would be something like mother's day out, only for elementary age kids and on tuesday/thursday. i had many moms offer to pay me in austin but i preferred a you-keep-my-kids exchange. here, i have yet to meet anyone with whom i'd feel comfortable leaving my kids for a few hours even and they need kids, so i figure i'll bring'em here. 2 days a week would be perfect. it would have to be cheap, too, b/c no one has money where i live but it would be just petty cash for me and play time for my kids and we could be influencing them rather than the other way around. (how's that for snobbery and arrogance?)forest kindergarten
is similar to what i'm thinking.
where i take older elementary kids and they re-chink my logs.
jk we'll do real skill type things. my own elementary schooling was a hybrid of public school, foxfire, and traveling with books. i always missed september b/c we were driving back from alaska but mom always checked out the books for the following grade in may before school got out.
oh, one more thing. my mom was also a full-time working mom and my dad was the stay-at-home dad. (weird how that was so uncommon but is so common now.) i remember around age 10 going to work with my mom frequently. she would drop me off at the library where i would read all day, shelve books, and basically play librarian. it was a dream for me. my brothers weren't interested, i guess. she would meet me for lunch and we generally had a picnic, then i went back and hung out till 5. the hour-long drive with my mom each way were the highlights. mostly, i remember talking non-stop or singing in the car.
phew, this was more than i meant to say. i'm sure there are other posts by now, so i'll post this before continuing.