I just went today to a parent and teacher store and spent over 50 dollars hehe I couldn't help myself
Oh, this is only the beginning, LOL!
First of all, welcome aboard. Glad to have you here.
I agree with Vicki. In fact, whether she knows it or not, Vicki is my homeschooling mentor and if my husband would agree to it, I would move to her state just to live near her.
RELAX. The truth is, as their mother, you care way more about your children's education than a paid employee does. That's not a diss on teachers, it's just the way I see it. When you start freaking out, thinking, "I can't do this, I am going to mess them up forever..." that is what usually brings people to put their kids back in school. I did that twice (or was it three times?) before I found this place and these wonderful ladies and homeschooling became our LIFESTYLE, meaning we are in it for the long haul no matter what.
I agree that reading a lot is most important in the early years. Well, it's important in all the years but especially in the early years. I think the best thing you could do as far as choosing curricula is, first, pray..if you are one who prays.
Second, research all there is to offer and there is LOTS. It can be overwhelming so after looking at samples and researching, take a break if you get tired or overwhelmed. It can be hard to do, but you don't want to make yourself crazy over choosing the PERFECT thing, because, more than likely, you will switch around in the first few years until you find something you like. And maybe, even in the laters years as your children's needs change or your circumstances change.
Stick around, there is a wealth of knowledge here. If you have specific questions about curricula, you might have better luck posting in the Homeschool Adventure forum. At least I believe it's still called Homeschool Adventure.
Glad to have you here.
P.S. Please excuse my typos. I just got a new keyboard and I'm not used to the flat kind so I'm messing up a lot.