A little about my homeschooling background.........
First, let's get the basics out of the way: I've been happily married for 16 years. We have four children, whom we homeschool, ages 16G, 14G, 11B, and 9G. The eldest went to part of kindergarten. When she was told she wasn't allowed to read a novel and that she had to play at recess (none of my kids are overweight, so that could not have prompted it.......it was their standards of do this at this time, do that at that time only), I was mildy annoyed. When samesaid teacher informed my avid reader of a daughter that she was not able to read the book she was reading and my daughter demonstrated her ability to read it in front of the teacher and principal (and myself, of course) and they BOTH disregarded her (they couldn't deny her ability to read it, so they denied her ability to understand it), I pulled her out of public school. The child, even at six years old, could read quite well. What book was she reading at six that caused such a controversy? Why........Little Women, of course! LOL
Seriously, no matter how your child learns, you, as the parent, are not only ultimately responsible for their education (not the government......no matter how much they talk about responsibility they aren't the ones frowned upon when a kid ends up stupid, are they?) you're also, in my eyes, morally responsible. Education does not end with knowing some facts about science, history, and math. Education includes historical research that speaks to your soul, science that speaks to your spirit, math that makes sense. Reading is for pleasure and education. And, of course, the ultimate............storytelling. We would not be the people we are today if it were not for stories told by generations past.
This does not mean that I think that public school is the devil incarnate! There are many parents out there who do well incorporating public school into their homelife, and go on to teach moral and ethical values. There are, I'm ashamed to say, some people who homeschool their kids who do not teach those essential things. And those moral and ethical values are not something that can be taught at public school; those are homelife lessons that are essential to the social, mental, physical, and spiritual health of a growing person. Public school, with all it's talk of tolerance, cannot truly impart the wisdom of Harm None.
I will post here resources that will help, and start some discussions that I think would've helped me in the beginning.