I know there are many ways to homeschool and this has got me thinking.
I am the kind of homeschooler whose kids learn at home, covering a variety of topics most of which the kids choose, but still covering the fundamentals in creative ways as well. Once in a while we join the HS groups for outings, and have play dates. And the girls are in the beginning level of girl guides. I am with a program that requires me to note my time and write a page per week on what we did. Thankfully we always have lots to share.
I have some friends whose kids are in a different program which offers free classes that require hours of travel each day to get to. These classes are in extra things like horseback riding, drama, rock climbing, art, music, etc. They are only comprised of HS kids. Now if this id the ONLY stuff the kids have time for - is it enough? is it homeschooling if the kids are never home? (I mean I know the teachers there teach a little differently, and the kids are socialized a little differently, but isn't it still a class?
are they considered unschoolers while at home or in the car, but something else while at class? Does the variety of classes and getting to choose whether or not to take them mean they are better than if the kids were in a different program?
What makes these types of programs different from PS classes? or even from other types of lessons with kids from PS as well?
Are my kids missing out because they are not taking lessons from others?
All these nagging questions....
anyone have any opinions or answers?