I've noticed a direct correlation between my time spent preparing and enthusiasm on the part of my children. I purchased some new art materials (pastels and craypas) just trying to broaden their art experiences. All I had to do was display my picture (far right) and within a day, Tilly (left) and Kalina (above) had picked up the supplies, and drawn their own versions of the planet Saturn.
One of the things I love most about homeschooling is how our learning flows so naturally, seeping into every aspect of our lives together. Because we are learning together (meaning, I am teaching and overseeing the work- and most subjects are taught in a group) it is so much easier to see and make those connections.