We are thinking of unschooling it next year. DD1 (6, almost 7) did half a year of public kindy, and we have been doing Oak Meadow for First grade...well sort of. She has pulled ahead of both the language arts and the math so we have been supplementing on our own for that. Although we have enjoyed Oak Meadow I feel like we need a change for next year. I have looked into other curriculums but I am wondering if we should just unschool. Besides the fact that full curriculums are so expensive, we have done better on our own anyway for my main concerns (learning to read and basic math). Both of my DDs love to read books about any subject and learn a lot from our library trips alone. We love to take off and camp and explore so we learn a lot from that. I don't want to kill their natural love to discover with a currirculum that ends up not working.
One of my worries is that I am a very disorganized person. Couple that with some mental health issues(depression and anxiety) and I do much better with some sort of plan for the day. So on the one hand I don't want to shell out a ton of money for a curriculum only to do it on our own anyway, but on the other hand a plan helps me get through rough days. I simply can't be "on" all day, ready to jump into an experiment or activity on any given moment. And did I mention DH's ENTIRE family works in the public school system and are constantly talking about standards and testing (neither of which I care anything about for my kids!). I know that shouldn't necessarily factor into our decision but we are close to them and I will eventually have to deal with their questions and concerns (if only to say "this works for our family and that's that." I have no doubt that DH and I are capable of doing it ourselves, it's a matter of what's best for us.
So if we were to unschool, I would want to make sure I have plenty of resources available for them to explore at their leisure. What kind of things do you have on hand that help enhance your kids learning and pique their interests? What resources help you as a parent?