There is an overwhelming amount of resources and curriculum available for homeschoolers. This is definitely a blessing and a curse. I would encourage families to wait before purchasing expensive curriculum. Take a break from curriculum surfing to think deeply about your family's goals, your child's learning styles, and your priorities as a family.
Is it most important to you to keep your child on the same course as their peers in school? Are you looking to work on your connection with your children? Do you want or need to spend some time building your child's confidence and self esteem?
Highly Recommended Resources
Here is a list of the resources I come back to time and time again. As you can see below, I have learned to embrace the free resources and use our funds instead for travelling, memberships, art supplies, board and card games, and to otherwise support my family's interests and passions.
The Public Library
This nonprofit advocacy organization was formed by two lawyer homeschool dads to provide legal support for homeschooling family. There are a vast amount of resources available free on the website, and additional support is available to members. It is a national organization, however they can assist with specific laws for individual states.
Free to Learn, Peter Gray
Raising Human Beings, Ross Green
The Self Driven Child, Williams
The Useful Book, Sharon and David Bowers
How to Cook Everything, Mark Brittany
The Brave Learner, Julie Bogart
Unschooled, Kerry McDonald
Educational Resources in the Greater Richmond Area
Wanda Laux, StudioLaux.