We're independent I guess. I am not registered with the government, don't have to answer to anyone. I do keep my own records loosely in case I were ever investigated for whatever reason. We are somewhat eclectic homeschoolers, depends on the day- some days we do lots of bookwork, some days we do lots of art, some days we read all day, some days we go to the library to pursue particular interests in a unit study format, most days we do a little of everything.
We love it. I assumed when I decided to homeschool we'd eventually settle for a packaged curriculum- likely Abeka Book or Bob Jones, but after getting into it I realized that especially for the early years I didn't want or need a bunch of textbooks to teach my child. My friend's son sits at the table for hours a day completing the work heavy curriculum she purchased from the time he was in kindy and yet my son is excelling in math and reading and we've never used any set curriculum until this year (just math). We use Story of the World for history (kids LOVE it!), looking into Teaching Textbooks for math, science we do hands on stuff, we use some Rod and Staff for my dd because she really wanted some workbooks and begged and pleaded for them, she loves them. Our relaxed approach works for us, I know they and I would both be overwhelmed with a textbook heavy workload type of curriculum that has many pages to complete in every subject. Sometimes the kids imaginations are better served with reading exciting account of history that day, or finding out everything we can about jungle cats, or dragging their easels outside and painting all day, or just running carefree around the yard when the weather beckons- we couldn't do this if we were too stringent and then I'd be stressed about them keeping on top of the work they have to complete or them not getting enough free time to be kids. It works for us and my kids are learning, my MIL often bothered me about making my ds do more seatwork and was so worried we weren't teaching him anything- yet he's at least 1-2 grade levels ahead in both math and reading and dd is right on track so we must have done enough of something- it works for US! I would highly reccomend going to a homeschool convention and seeing all the programs and curriculum that is out there, it is so exciting to see it all laid out and get a better idea of what it involves, you can mix and match, etc, meet other homeschoolers, go to workshops, etc. Good Luck!