You can do it either way. Some parents choose to have an online virtual school provider (K12, Calvert, etc...) which is affiliated with a public school. They send you everything you'll need for the year and provide teacher support. You are accountable to the time spent on schooling and are required to do state testing. It is free and your days are pretty much all lined out for you. There is flexibility - as long as you log in the required hours is doesn't matter what time you start or finish.
On the other hand, if you choose to piecemeal your child's education it can get expensive if you're not careful. I initially started out doing it this way and there are online forums and websites that have "garage sales" that you can get materials from and it's a lot cheaper - of course, there is Ebay. There are lots of free websites that you can download worksheets, etc. There is a lot of info out there - research!!
at 8:08 AM on May. 12, 2011