Whenever I have a friend ask me why I homeschool, I tell myself that I cannot do any worse than the public schools. I'm lucky enough to live in an area that permits me to dual-enroll my children as they get older; there are plenty of opportunities for community sports, dance, and music outside of school; and I don't fret about socialization at all. Mercedes is a social butterfly, and Jared is close to becoming one as well. They have plenty of friends through church and community activities.
I was tickled at Mercedes' wanting to do math until 1am. She brags to her friends that she's allowed to do homeschool or reading activities all night if she chooses - she just has to get up on time. She's very competitive about her school work (we're sort of eclectic - some school at home, classical home school activities such as math, phonics, and history, lots of unstructured stuff).
Jared is fascinated with his Legos right now, as well as magnets.
They both speak Spanish as well as English, thanks to their Mexican father. One of his friends is German, so I hope she'll teach them German as well.
I'm looking forward to posting more about their activities and accomplishments.