we do a combo of the two. If it rains, we do some workbooks (we like the eps series), if it's nice out, we spend the day outside. We started as structured homeschoolers, however it didn't work for me or the kids, they are 8 and 6. Sometimes they just aren't in the mood to learn structured stuff and sometimes I'm not in the mood to teach it. Yesterday was a beautiful day and we spent 6 hours outside, I read my book, and my 8 year old read his comic books, lounging next to me in our side by side lounge chairs. Our 6 year old pretty much spends his days playing with his friends or himself and I let our 8 year old dictate what we do as far as learning. He is very interested in slavery, wwII, and helen keller right now so we go to the library, stock up on books about each and read about them whenever the mood strikes us. I've also found that it is unrealistic for us to have a set learning time each day; errands must be done, piano and guitar lessons, housework, etc.. What I have found is that the boys love to be in charge of their "destiny" and are learning how a healthy family and home function on a day to day basis. They appreciate me and their father so much more seeing us taking care of them daily, vs. coming home from school exhausted, doing homework, eating dinner, and going to bed early to face yet another day of people telling them what to do. It's been wonderful for us and we wouldn't change it for the world.