I looked at the state curriculum, (you could look at a state with a high rating) just to make sure that I covered everything that my kids would need for college. Then I put together my own curriculum. I made sure that we covered English, Math, etc., it was fun to pick projects, books and subjects that they might not have studied in school. When my youngest was in 2nd grade, we did a semester of dinosaurs for science. We used books, museum field trips, and some special projects that I found doing research. My older son was doing 4th grade, and did the same science with us, although I might give him some more challenging projects, and would expect more out of reports etc.
You can use homeschool programs, I enjoyed putting their curriculum together myself, and spent the summer working on that. Good Luck! By the way, my boys are both in college, and the youngest started college at 15....he's now 18.
at 3:40 PM on Oct. 14, 2010