I started homeschooling my daughter this past year and discovered how much it has changed over the years. I remember a few years ago there was not alot of help nor books really now it is hard to know what to do with all that is out there.
You can even enroll your child in a online school now much easier then it was and go that route or by the curriculum and teach your child yourself. In the state that I live in Louisiana you can apply on line now to get approval to teach at home and then renew every year the same way.
I used the Horizon curriculum last year and enjoyed it the only problem I had was that some of the pictures are of items not used much now and I had to go through the pictures so that my daughter could answer her questions.
Still I believe that a child learning at home does more and gains more. I ended up at the end of the year buying extra work and study books to keep up with her. Next year I am going to have her do the safari at the Alexandria Zoo. http://www.thealexandriazoo.com/SummerSafari.html
The above photo is from AOP Homeschooling. A good source of material for homeschooling.