We fill our summers with swimming, sleeping late, sitting on the deck with some iced tea and catching up on some reading. We explore fields, and hiking trails and forests and playgrounds. We take day trips, watch flowers grow, enjoy Del's lemonade and an ice cream cone. We sit by the pond, watch our chickens and visit friends often. We explore the beaches, local farms and take advantage of free performances on the village green. We go to parades, leisure at the library and watch the hawks fly above us and the ants build a village beneath our feet. We learn everyday, all day.
We don't send our kids to daycare and I don't feel a need to send my five year old to preschool or kindergarten so he can learn to stand in line, fight off bullies or spend all day being coralled to come home and drop from exhaustion. His job is to play and learn how to learn.
We learn everyday, all day. Don't assume that because we homeschool we are overprotecting our kids and making them afraid to explore the world. Hasn't it always been a parent's job to protect their kids make them feel safe? My kids like being with their parents too. A trip to the grocery store or Home depot usually involves the whole family. Not because we make them go everywhere with us but because they choose to be with us and it's fun.