I don't use one. What I do use though are the "What Your ---- Grader Needs To Know" (E.D. Hirsch, Jr.) books. I only use them as a guide too.
So, where do I get my "lessons" from?
Other homeschool parents suggestoins
Teacher resources (specifically from $ Tree)
I'm in the process of planning out our school year. This first involved getting a calendar to plot out a game plan. In the process of doing this I started to feel a little bit of guilt. Should I include time for them to be involved in a co-op? Are there other resources out there? I don't want my boys to feel like freaks and the ONLY homeschooled kids in the world....where are the rest of them at? So, I went on a hunt...and what I found was that the co-op closets to our home, with the "coolest" activities requires a statement of faith to be signed. I cringed. Then I back tracked..."if it will benefit my kids, shouldn't I just sign it?". I mulled over this for a little while and ultimately decided that I couldn't sign it. And just like always, another person was placed in my path whom I was able to bounce my homeschooling concerns off of. And I am SO thankful. So, back to planning for me. I'm sure I'll get another pain of guilt, again. I assume that these will diminish as we continue on our path.