^ There are definitely different "shades" of homeschooling, from straight out "unschooling" to school at home, complete with classroom style desk and chalkboard.
The thing my mom always said about the way we did it, when my sister and I asked her why she didn't "teach" us the way our teachers had, was "If you aren't interested and don't want to learn it, no one can teach it to you; not me, not someone with a teaching degree. I can't pour knowledge into your head, you've got to soak it up." There were lots of variations on that speech, ha ha. We had "subjects" and in our state we have to be productive enough to pass an interview with a certified teacher at the end of the year, but we never had big tests, grades, or anything like that. My parents and I worked out a fair transcript at college application time, and I scored well above average on my SATs.
I really like "The Teenage Liberation Handbook," I think written by Grace Llewellyn. Mom would've really liked to completely unschool, but state and college application requirements take a little more structure than that. Not much more, though.
My sister wasn't crazy about it all the time, she's actually attending a small local private school right now. She's a bit more "social" than I am, though, and especially since I'm away at school she's gotten bored. Although, it's not so much that she's stuck at home, it's that all her friends are stuck in school for six hours longer!
BTW, thanks FoxtrottrGrl for the compliment! I'm the fantasy lit nut in my family, and when I found that quote I knew I just liked C.S. Lewis that much more!
Wow, I just went on a rant... ha ha.