Sorry if this has been covered before, but I missed it somehow. :)
So basically, I get that there are a lot of different options for homeschooling. Whether it's Waldorf, unschooling, classical, religious... I know there's a lot, and many families mix and match through the years anyway. But I often hear on these boards and other places that homeschooling is not (or should not be) school-at-home.
To me, school at home means having some set curriculums, unit studies, circle time maybe, manipulatives... Basically things you would be doing in schools but done your own way, at your own pace, incorporating whatever topics you want to teach, in your own order, spending as much time as you need on a lesson, taking field trips together, etc. Why is this frowned on? It does seem a tad "artificial" to have to prepare units, print off worksheets, etc., but I see a lot of advantages to it as well. There are a lot of resources out there, and you can pick the topics you want your children to learn, and go at their own pace. It's an improvement over regular school IMO because you're not wasting time on all the administrative tasks and can fit a lot more learning into the day - and you also can customize what's important to your family. You can impart your own values to your kids, give them more opportunity to interact in daily life, etc. And in my particular case, we can incorporate my home countries' curriculums as well as American ones, stay computer-free for a little while longer, and wait for another year or two to start the academics (reading, writing, math skills) that they're pushing onto schooled kids earlier and earlier. But, we are setting up a school room that looks suspiciously like a small kindergarten classroom, though a bit cozier. I planned out our curriculum already, have a set calendar, we have some worksheets, etc. I'm happy with where we are and I'm sure other people have their own comfort levels, which is great. I'm just, again... curious as to why school-at-home seems like such a negative thing to a lot of people.