I once had a mother confess to me that when she first started homeschooling, she went way overboard. She figured that if public schools spent one hour on any given subject each day, her kids needed to spend two hours on that subject each day. That way, she could claim to be doing a better job. Boy did she turn that around in a hurry!
Sometimes it's easy to fall into the "comparison trap." We see our neighbors' children spending hours and hours on school and extracurricular activities. We look at it and think, "Well, we homeschool. We can do better." We think "better," but we really mean "more." That's a trap. Do our kids really need to be overloaded like those other kids?
Learning can take place anywhere, anytime. Build learning into your lifestyle, and you'll be amazed. Most of what my kids really learn come from unplanned opportunities. Sure, we do formal studies, but boy, we treasure the "real life" learning!
It's fall of senior year and you and your child are sitting down to submit college applications. Of course, your job will be much easier if the homeschool transcript is