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July 17, 2006



I've often told people that they wouldn't send any more time homeschooling than they do on homework - without the time crunch. It's like they don't quite believe me.

Good article. :)

Tammy Takahashi

Great post. You pretty much covered it all. I had this very conversation yesterday with my neighbor. She does SO much, then she tells me that I seem so "together". Well ya, I'm "together" cuz I'm not doing too much. Like today, for example - we had stuff to do from 9:30 to 12, then we're done, and we can do pretty much whatever we want all day. That includes lots of "have-tos", but we do those when we want to and at whatever pace we want. And right now, I'm choosing to read blogs while the kids make K'nex sculptures and obstacle courses.


Awesome post, Stephanie! I guess they think that kids just hate learning -- like you said, that its like doing 6 hours of homework a day. They cannot conceive of kids being given the time and freedom to learn what they want and that they would, in fact, learn. They learn a lot; much more than they learn in school.
Take the red pill! Wake up, kids don't hate learning, they just hate school -- the two are not the same.


Great post... and I wanted to point out that the url to Throwing Marshmallows is incorrect, should be .net instead of .com :)


So true! I'm finding that as my kids get older, many of their friends are opting for a school of sorts - either traditional public high school or a charter type program. Suddenly, those friends and families that have been so available to us are busy doing "school stuff". It's hard for my kids, but I think it must be even harder on our friends to go from such freedom to being at the mercy of a school schedule.


I use to be one of those people who didn't understand how homeschoolers/unschoolers did it. That is until I became one myself.

Now I look back and wonder "How did I do it?!" with public school. I don't think people understand just how hurried your life truly is when you live it by "the bell" five days a week and how much more relaxed it all is when you just live life period.

Thank you for writing this.


we are just starting our homeschooling venture this year, and i'm excited!
I find that most people comment to me on never being away from their kids. That they need a break so therefore they couldn't homeschool.
sad :(

Sarah Perrin Bevis

Dear Stephanie,
Thankyou for writing a response back to "For those of you still on the Fence" at the SpunkyHomeSchool blog. I wrote the Flipping pancakes response. I really loved reading your "I don't know how you do it".
I'm quickly finding that I'm not
crazy..that the fast pace of public education really is REAL, and that lots of families have suffered because of it.
Thanks again :)

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