Shhh, don't say anything, but I'm going to home school next year. [i don't want to jinx myself...not that I believe in that]
My hubby and I watch PBS alot. One, because it's one of the very few stations we get, and two, because it has cool programming. We saw this feature documentary on a family who sailed all around the world. They weren't extra rich. They didn't go by yacht. They happened to meet on an island in the carribean, found a boat they could afford and took off.
They taught their children. They travelled the world and saw things most people don't see in a lifetime... and when the kids were getting into middle school and high school, they finally took a break and a few years on land so the kids could see what the other side was like....
Maybe it's crazy, but that's how I think of homeschooling. FREEDOM! It's taken a while to come to this realization. [and yeah, i'm not about to take off in my rowboat but] I think the mentality is the same. Will you look at your life and see a glass half empty? Will you always see how things CAN'T work? My husband and I have made some crazy changes this year in order to bend our mentality to what is actually possible. So, i'll be homeschooling and he'll be in Army. Strange happenings, eh?
Now, fieldtrips on a history lesson can actually INCLUDE the Alamo! or, The Pentagon. The battlefields of Virginia. ...is there a museum in California about the gold rush? That would be cool. Anyhooooo. I'm totally getting away from myself. We'll do Math and Reading, too. I swear it. :D