We are 100% independent homeschoolers in California. So we don't do state testing, send in portfolios or meet with a certified teacher every month. We are not part of a charter school or on line school. We choose all of our own curriculum, pay for it, and decide how, what, when, where and why we want to teach. We belong to a local homeschool group that meets for weekly park days, and field trips, and get togethers. Whenever a fellow homeschool mom meets us, they always ask what charter school we are under. When we tell them that we are independent, they often have the same reactions as those people that send their kids to traditional schools. They reply with "Oh that's cool" and walk away, or "Oh I could never do that", or "what about socialization?". It's like I'm talking to people who don't homeschool at all. Some people do stick around and ask lots of questions, and I'm more than happy to talk about how we homeschool. But then the next time we see these people, they act like we don't exist. Only a few people act like we're normal and don't have two heads. We do everything ourselves, which I think scares a lot of people. Are these normal reactions that other independent homeschoolers get? What do non-independent homeschoolers really think of independent homeschoolers? I wonder what the percentage of independent homeschoolers is, compared to those that homeschool on line or through a charter school.