I just read upthread and noticed your question about accrediting. Yes, our family belongs to an accredited co-op, a sysytem in our "school" that files attendance and grades and updates with the state. We have a three strikes and you're out rule. Literally, if you do not get your grades and attendance in on the last friday of the month (or whenever it is), you can get booted from the school. We take it seriously because we are honest folks, but I'm sure it gets abused. We aren't the Ruby Ridge or Warren Jeffs type. It should also help when we get to college application time. Its good to keep it by the book.
Have fun in Joshua tree micronut. Looks like the weather should be at least ok this week. It was really nice in Anza Borreggo today so jtree should be similar. And Indian cove is supposed to be a little warmer than the main park so I think you'll have a great time.
I find homeschooling for the right kids absolutely wonderful. As long as the kids do get proper socialization and that they are of the spirit to be instructed by their parents. It's not for everybody. I know that I couldn't have been instructed by my own parents, one thing they were not the patient sort and... I wasn't an easy kid. Like I said it isn't for everyone, but when it works and they are given the proper materials... It's awesome.