Originally Posted by SpiderMum
1. Keep a clean and NEAT house. No clutter or mess at all.
Why? In my experience a certain amount of clutter breeds inspiration and creativity -- and efficiency. At schools, yes, clutter can be a problem. When you don't live in the space, and you're sharing one room with 25 other people, clutter can produce chaos. When you live in the space you know where things are even if there's clutter. And it's more efficient to leave the loom in the living room so that the kids can work on it whenever they get the chance than to spend 10 minutes a day collapsing it and tucking it away and then getting it out and set up again. Things that are out get used. Leaving things out gives more time for using them.
2. Have desks for the children to work at.
Likely important in a school, where kids have no ownership over or responsibility for communal space. In this case having a desk assigned gives one a tiny postage stamp of personal space. At home, common sense and common space are more than sufficient. And far preferable in terms of encouraging co-operation and family responsibility.
3. have a daily schedule and get up EARLY like every other school child.
Why? Getting up later gives my kids considerably more time with their dad in the evenings. If they were up by 6:30, they'd have to go to bed so early that they'd only see their dad for an hour or two a day at most. Getting up at 9:30 gives them from 6:30 to 11:00 pm every evening as part of a complete family, one which includes dh. Family time is one of the huge boons to homeschooling, IMO.
4. And I quote: "mom needs to cook nutritious meals, like our state specifically requires in schools, not pizza rolls"
Perhaps the state should run compulsory child-feeding programs through the summers lest parents fail to meet state standards during June and July.
I'm pretty sure our lunches far outweigh school lunches for nutritional value. But I don't cook them. My kids do. My 14-year-old bakes a mean loaf of bread, cooks lovely stuffed baked potatos, pastas and sauces -- basil and tomato sandwiches are his specialty. My 7-year-old can make soup from scratch using fresh ingredients from the garden and the farmer's market. My 12-year-old can cook anything; she's nomming down a bruschetta, basil and mozza grilled panini just now.
Nutritious meals are just about good parenting, aren't they? For years schools have served crap. Now some are putting effort into serving something a little more like what decent parents would choose. Seems to me that the focus on healthy school lunches is about schools trying to better approximate a caring home environment rather than an institution.
5. Physical activity daily, like at school.
Same deal as meals. This is just good parenting, isn't it? And schools enforcing daily physical activity ... that's just trying to remediate the tendency to have kids sitting at desks all day long, which is an institutional issue. I think that #2, #3 and #5 are actually at odds with each other. If you don't enforce desk work from an early hour all day long, you don't have to remediate the inactivity.
6. A designated lunch & break time daily, not when "the phone rings & mom want to go chat".
Personally I prefer break time to occur when the kids need it, not at a designated time at all. That quote is dripping with judgment and condescension.