Although my children have not officially reached school age yet, I'm already reading up as to what people do in their homeschool, as well as observing the (few) homeschooling families I know locally. A morning begins, and the family is up; all children are driven off to school, while yours stay home; what do you do?
There is the possibility, of course, to purchase ready-made curriculum, such as for example K12 (and doubtless a more extensive Google search can yield more examples of the kind); the page dedicated to homeschoolers says that "Whether you need just one course or a complete, integrated curriculum, K¹² has solutions to meet your homeschooling needs." Translation: put yourself in our hands, and you are safe... which is what many educational experts would have us believe.
No doubt that having a ready-made curriculum has its advantages - when asked, you can tell that you are doing exactly such-and-such courses; you are working with materials provided by someone who makes it their profession; you have a frame; you can have, essentially, a miniature version of school at home (minus the bullying, peer pressure and time wasted on discipline problems), and that is like soothing balm to the nerves of all who worry about your kids being homeschooled.
I'm not sure anyone provides curriculum in Hebrew, actually, but there is one homeschooling family I know who have it in a pretty structured way: they get up in the morning, have breakfast and prayer time, and then sit down to their workbooks. I do believe that, in our country where such an educational choice is so rare, it might be for their good, if and when they are examined, to be able to point out exactly what the children have been doing.
Then there is the opposite side of the homeschooling spectrum: the unschoolers. I, and many others, generally consider John Holt to be the father of this movement. The leading principle says that any learning should be child-led, that no formal lessons are needed at all, and that learning is done best simply through living a rich life, preferably with plenty of time to "stand and stare".
The advantages here are different - you do what you want (within a framework of principles and healthy daily structure); when you want; any way you want. You aren't subject to school books, curriculum or "you must do three pages of math on Tuesday morning". I confess the idea appeals to me; personally, when I find myself having an interest in something (and I believe no thinking, feeling person can help having a keen interest in something, usually many things), I begin reading about it, researching information about it in any way I can, talking about it to people who might know more than I do... this isn't methodically done - the interest just lurks at the back of my mind, and surfaces at convenient moments. And of course, since all things in this world are connected, learning about something inevitably leads to learning about something else.
For example, my love for chickens (and just so you know, I am now considered the crazy chicken lady of the neighbourhood!) led me to learn about a whole host of different things, such as poultry diseases, immunology and vaccination, different chicken breeds and the geography of their countries of origin, history (did you know Marco Polo saw Silkies on his travels?), and how to knock a fox on the head with a rubber boot on a Saturday afternoon. It also connected us to many lovely interesting people whom we probably wouldn't have met otherwise.
There are countless people, many of whom have dedicated their whole life to improving the education of others, who feel passionately and strongly enough to say, for instance, that education... awakens the mind and sustains curiosity. Sadly, many school children, even young ones, are exactly the reverse; their mind is asleep, their curiosity all but gone. What serves to awaken the mind? Life; rich life, which doesn't have to follow a single pattern, and can occur in different surroundings. Children who are part of a family, of a community, who are encouraged to develop interests and pursue them, who are free to simply live life, do not really need much to "awaken their mind" - it never lies dormant. I am convinced that even many children who go to schools learn more out of school than in; I see proof of that in how many children come back to school so changed, so grown, so much advanced in different areas at the end of a summer's holidays - much more than a simple interval of two months would make reasonable.
So... when it comes to education, I guess I am all for freedom. Freedom for everyone to do what they wish, what they think, what they believe would be best for their families. Freedom to take any method, or any combination of methods, and apply it in whatever way they think might work. A person who has a keen mind, who isn't isolated from the world, and who knows how to read, most likely won't end up stupid; so let us relax a little, let go of anxiety, and enjoy the journey.