Philosophies and Methods

There are many educational methods/philosophies to choose from. Personally I think most homeschoolers end up being in the "eclectic" category; meaning that you use whatever works for you and your kids.

Some great books to read (may be available in your local library):

100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child's Learning Style (Paperback)
by Cathy Duffy

Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling (Paperback) by Mary Pride

Here are some web resources on researching methods:

Fabulous articles from Home School Marketplace (formerly the Elijah Company):

Choosing Teaching Materials, part 1: 10 Rules of Thumb

Choosing Teaching Materials, part 2:
Determining how your child learns best

Choosing Teaching Materials, part 3: Common Teaching Approaches

Choosing Teaching Materials, part 4: Developing an Educational Philosophy