Just for fun, here's a brief, totally low-tech non-interactive homeschooling survey I made up. Enjoy!
1. It is June 19. Your curriculum plans for next year feature:
a) lots of good ideas, but no actual purchases yet.
b) a sturdy "spine" of core materials, but you're still looking to fill in the edges.
c) a thorough, well-planned course of study which has all been purchased or ordered.
d) a thorough, well-planned course of study which you purchased in December, unpacked and organized in March, and which includes your own copious notes on the materials since you've already read through them twice.
2. The math course you bought last year didn't work out well for your family. You are:
a) going to muddle through it again. Everyone else you know loves it, so the problem must be you.
b) considering different textbook options; there must be something that will work for your family.
c) planning to use a new book you bought and also discussing hiring a math tutor.
d) reviewing the new textbook you purchased; you also hired a math major from the local college to conduct interviews with the tutors you selected as possibilities.
3. Several homeschooling friends have mentioned books or materials they liked. You:
a) listened to them, thought the books sounded interesting, but have forgotten the titles.
b) jotted down book titles and researched them on the Internet.
c) called each friend individually to discuss their experiences with the books.
d) invited the friends over to your home to give a presentation on each book or material to your local homeschool group; you not only provided homemade appetizers and your award-winning punch, but also pre-printed index cards with the books' names, publishers, and website addresses for each guest.
4. An interesting homeschool conference and book fair is being held less than fifty miles from your home. You:
a) think about going, forget when it's going to be, and remember it when you hear the other homeschoolers in your homeschool group raving about how terrific it was.
b) make plans to go, but curtail your plans when you realize that toddlers aren't permitted to attend the talks. If you go at all, you just skim the book sale area.
c) make plans, hire a sitter, and go for one full day of talks and shopping.
d) have your parents babysit the children for the entire weekend, rent a hotel room a mile from the venue, and enjoy a romantic weekend/efficient homeschool shopping and learning experience with your husband, who is as excited as you are about attending the talks and getting bargains on excellent curricula.
5. Someone gives your name and phone number to a woman in your area who is considering homeschooling her own children; she calls you to talk. She asks you to tell her honestly what your biggest homeschooling frustration is, and how you solve it. You answer:
a) the chaos and lack of organization; but you admit that you struggled with that before you ever started teaching at home.
b) the occasional feeling that you've ended up in a "rut" somehow; you solve it with a change of pace or a creative activity or unit study.
c) math. Definitely. And you're considering a tutor...
d) you're so torn about whether to let your oldest daughter add Mandarin Chinese to her coursework; you're afraid she'll fall behind in German, French, Japanese or Swahili if she takes it on. But she's so stubborn--you keep telling her there will be plenty of time for Chinese when she's in junior high...
Mostly A: You are a "fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" homeschooler. Sure, it all works out, but nobody, including you, quite knows how.
Mostly B: You are a "flying coach" homeschooler. You're doing a good job, but sometimes you wish you were doing a great job...
Mostly C: You are a "flying first class" homeschooler. You have this whole thing figured out--and you're ready to help those who are still A or B!
Mostly D: You own Homeschool Airlines.