I've been homeschooling the boy going on three years. It’s been a rewarding experience and I would recommend that every parent, if the opportunity allows, should homeschool.
For Kindergarten, I used a reading program and printed things off of the internet from free websites. He started reading at four and now reads very well.
For 1st grade, he's been using Calvert. Calvert is a curriculum that comes in a box with everything you will need for the school year. It covers all the core subjects along with Science and Social Studies. It's an excellent curriculum and I have seen the boy flourish since we've used it. I would recommend a boxed curriculum for new homeschoolers who aren't on solid footing and need extra guidance.
However, I have for a while now felt that this boxed curriculum isn't for us anymore. So we are going outside the box. I am officially ECLECTIC! And I Love it!
I have poured over my text choices and have decided on the following:
Singapore Math - Math
First Language Lessons - Grammar
Wordly Wise 3000 - Vocabulary
Writing with Ease - Writing
Spelling Power - Spelling
Explode the Code - Phonics
Noeo Chemistry 1 - Science
The Story of the World 1 - History, Geography and Literature
Drawing with Children - Art
We start using these this month. I homeschool year round. If you've used any of these, feel free to leave a comment.