I'm sorry I haven't been as responsive to questions and comments in my comment trail. I'll take a minute to answer some of them now.
I--please don't hate me for this--didn't vote for referendum one, but my decision had nothing to do with homeschoolers.
Ronda, I absolutely don't hate you. My frustration wasn't aimed at referendum one, but rather the comments that arose after the fact targeting homeschools. Your house shall not get toilet-papered by me.
I would love to hear more about your homeschooling education and how you currently homeschool your children. Do you follow any style? Somedays I really question my decisions.
Lauri, I don't follow any particular style. In fact, I'm quite ridiculously unstylish. When my child needs a math book, I look around for one I like and then I use it. My curriculums are from all different companies, even. I just use whatever seems the most applicable to that child at that time. I get a lot of my supplies from Christian Books, and also from our local school supply stores. Sometimes I'll find a book I like at a store, come home and see if Amazon has one. That's a great way to save some money while I'm at it.
As far as questioning your decisions, as long as you make them with your child's best interest at heart, you'll be completely fine. The Spirit will guide you in what your child needs to know and to learn. You'll also be guided to notice the ways in which your child learns best so you'll know how to approach the topics.
Could you let me know what programmes/texts/whatever you do to teach writing? I'm feeling really inadequate in that area.
Do you mean writing as in handwriting, or as in creative writing?
Either way, let me share what I do. I don't know if this will work for you or if it even answers your question, but we'll give it a shot.
My children have inherited their father's art skills and my writing skills. They love to draw and illustrate their own stories. I give them plenty of paper (we go through a ream about every two weeks) and they draw and write to their heart's content. When they're done, I go through and correct their spelling. I also encourage them to use their nicest handwriting.
I find that by letting them loose on a project of their own, it's more fun for them than just sitting down to a page of "make the letter A." Of course, they do that when they're first starting out, but I try to get them writing their own things as soon as I can. They have more of an emotional investment in it, and it keeps them going.
I hope this was helpful! Please ask anything else you'd like -- it may take me a little while to respond, for which I apologize, but I will get back to you, I promise.