I haven't had time to read all the posts in this thread (lots of pages!!) but I'm perusing them as I have time...
I'm Mary, family-schooling mama to 3 lovelies.
Nic is 8, creative, brilliant, gifted monkey diagnosed with ADHD -- devoted to becoming a robotics engineer -- deeply interested in animals and understanding/protecting ecosystems.
Theo is 4, wonderful, creative learner...seems to absorb everything from just being around all of us. Tactile guy, loves clay and paint. Learned colors, numbers, shapes, alphabet, numbers while none of us were paying attention to whether or not he was learning anything.
Whingari is 8 months. Fascinating to watch, fascinated by her big brothers...
We've used many types of books, curricula, ideas, experiments over the last couple years.
Unschooling is what feels right for me and these particular children. Nic always loves learning when no one is getting in his way or placing limits on his imagination. I blog about this journey here: http://attachlings.blogspot.com/
We live in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is a great homeschooling area, many resources, quite a few groups. Indiana is a 'good' homeschooling state, in my opinion, because you don't have to ask permission or approval and you don't have to jump through any bureaucratic hoops to continue doing so.
So we can learn as we live and watch our children thrive.