I had ambivalent feelings about home schooling two of my children because of missing out on socialization with school activities (dances, proms, sports) and because they were not able to receive a high school diploma unless they took the GED exam in the state they were homeschooled. I have 5 children and all were educated in different states and different types of education. I homeschooled two - one in New Jersey, one in California (the state matters). One went to Catholic school in NJ, and the other 2 went to public school in California. I also have 7 grandchildren, the oldest is 14 and is the only one who is homeschooled in New Jersey by his mother.
I see you live in NJ and that is one of the best states to homeschool bec they don't require you to follow a set curriculum nor do you need to get approval for whatever program you want to use. Most parents aren't certified teachers and heavily rely on resources. I bought books from the school district - it was back in the days before internet. My grandson utilizes internet learning with a website called internet home schooling dot com and w/ books my daughter in law bought from NJ dept of ed and Amazon. The internet site is phenomenal bec it encompasses the newest books and multi-state academia. He is mildly autistic and was savagely attacked in school when he was 10, so he's been homeschooled ever since. Attempts to get a suitable IEP were not possible in NJ nor was the school able to protect him. He is at the age now when socialization with his teenage peers is important and she relies heavily on a Baptist church youth group which is bible centered, less emphasis on socialization, more on ministry. It is fine for now, but he will outgrow it by age 16 because the kids have to enter adult bible groups, no matter if they are mature enough. In NJ, you cannot get a HS diploma from home schooling, you have to sit for the GED test. You probably already know since you are a teacher, but it is no picnic. I have to tell you, it is a very hard test, even for me when I took a sample GED online. I don't know how kids pass this test because surely "in school" testing wasn't that hard! lol Anyway, do your homework (sorry about that usage) bec each site is diff. His is done in modules. Some are updated quarterly, some annually, some semi-annually. What one child learns in 2012's modules might be updated at end of 2012 with new information so that a kid coming up right behind him in 2013 will learn different lessons.