And, even though we are not structured in the traditional sense, the kids are learning so much. I think it is the combination of homeschooling being so time efficient (no lining up, managing the classroom, time-filler activities), our excellent curriculum (Sonlight plus a few tutors), and the fact that our kids' stress levels are low. My kids -- I think most kids -- learn better when their cortisol levels are under control.
I also love how the kids get to learn by doing things that are interesting and important to them. Here, Nicholas practicing his writing by writing (and drawing) about Star Wars.
We are now planning what we are going to do next year. We are definitely homeschooling again, but still deciding what books to buy, and what activities to schedule. For example, none of the kids took musical instrumental lessons this year and we think we should add it.
Also, we want to make sure we add more hands-on science.
We take each year as it comes, when it comes to deciding upon what to do about our kids' educations. Personally, I hope the kids homeschool through high school, but I can't make that decision now. Each of our children are so different and have different learning styles and needs. I will have to just enjoy each moment that I have them home and not get too attached to my idea of what is "best."