When I was thinking about homeschooling, it was on my mind all the time. I talked to every homeschooler I could find, and in some ways this was good and in some ways it was bad. I found that there are as many ways to homeschool as their are people. I talked to some who were strictly doing public school at home, following the same rules, keeping the same schedule, making it "look" as much as possible like public school-except doing it at home. I talked to others who were "unschoolers" who threw out anything that even had a faint aroma of public school and everything was interest led by the children. I talked to some who purchased all one type of curriculum and stuck to it religiously, and I talked to some who went to curriculum fairs and picked and chose only what they wanted. As I talked, I began to "feel" out what was going to work for my family.
I was not comfortable with unschooling. I could see that there were families who had used this way and their kids were grown and in college and it worked wonderfully for them. But--it was not my cup of tea. The regimented thing of making my home work the same way as public school was also not for me. Our way was somewhere in between and worked great for us!