I have been running myself crazy reading every bit of information regarding homeschooling that I can get my hands on. There's all the different methods, all the different academies & curriculums that you can sink your money into, worksheets and book or child-led exploration...
my oldest is only 5, but I have to have her registered in just a few short months when she turns 6. I've been TRYING to get into some sort of schedule, failing miserably, by doing a few workbook pages from preschool/kindergarten math books & writing/penmanship... She's got the reading down, but she's becoming bored with it and failing to, or giving up on sounding out any difficult words. I know that's largely due to me and my stress about it all--- I'm taking all the fun out of everything.
How did you figure out what works for you and your kids? Did you invest loads of money into these curriculums only to find out that it wasn't what you thought? Did you buy your own stuff? (...and may I add how incredibly expensive these workbooks can be!!!) Do you let your child mention a subject they find interesting and somehow find the time and energy to come up with a weeks-worth (or more) of projects and stories and fun activities surrounding the chosen topic?
I've got a 9-month old, a 3-year old and a 5-year old. I want to homeschool, adamantly. I just can't figure out where to start, what "method" I should try... how to know I'm not screwing it all up. I don't want to start and fizzle myself right out of it by feeling like a failure.
So, please, tell me... how did you begin? What works and didn't work for you? What do you hate but your kid(s) love? How much money do you spend on homeschooling supplies?