There are so many varied styles of homeschooling that it is impossible to bunch everyone together. That flexibility to teach your child the way you choose is important.
At my house, we use a mix of unschooling and eclectic studies. We do so because it works for us. If you are not familiar with the term “unschooling,” you might want to do a little research. It is far from sitting around doing nothing. It is about making choices that compliment your individual learning styles without formal, traditional, or maybe I should say “restrictive” structure. It is about living and learning at the same time–interest driven, delight driven, or natural learning. It is the freedom to learn in a more natural way…, which does not necessarily mean a more irresponsible way. Unschooling does not mean that my child never uses a textbook or takes a class–she does.