I have home schooled a few years and love it for my family. I see first hand how and what my kids learn and I wouldn't change things ever. :-)
My kids play soccer with a family whose oldest daughter has been having problems in school. It was to the point where they removed her from public school and put her in a private school mid year. Her daughter's situation was awful and I think most parents would remove their child from the school.
I am pretty good friends with her, so I let her know that my kids love learning most things. They are generally curious and want to learn about things around them. I don't bribe them, don't have a chore or sticker chart.... I usually just ask them to study. Math is one of the things they don't love, but eventually they laugh during our lessons and seem to have a fun time. I told her that often when my kids try new things it looks like goofing off, but that is their way of trying new things, usually in a silly way. Eventually they learn that it does work, it doesn't work or they learn to try things in another way all together.
The mom told me over and over she couldn't home school because her kids HATE learning.
Most of the Moms questions are centered around things like, how do I
get my kids to sit down and learn? How do I know they are learning and
not goofing off? I think we just don't get each other. I don't
understand someone can hate learning and she doesn't understand how they
can love it. I really try not to be judgemental, but it is hard to
keep things to myself, so I am venting to y'all. If my kids HATED
learning, I would move heaven and earth to CHANGE things.... find