A homeschooled student will receive the absolute best education possible without the expense and overhead of ordering multiple copies of hardcopy texts. Textbooks will not need to be discarded at the end each school year.
Ideally, children who have been introduced to reading modeling behavior enter kindergarten and first grade ready and eager to read on their own. For most children, the formal teaching of reading begins in these grades. Most educators, homeschool or otherwise, use a combination of phonics programs, worksheets, and actual books to teach reading. These are all tried and true methods and can result in reading success. A relatively new methodology, syllabics, extends the focus of phonics programs on the sounds associated with the consonant letters to simple rules for correctly using the variable sounds associated with the vowels.
Homeschool worksheets are far more than busy work. They are an important part of making sure that the concepts you teach in your home school stick with your child. Just make sure you have a good source for providing the worksheets, and that they're the right ones for your kid or kids.
A K-12 Digital education must provide creativity; customized learning based on the needs of the student, and cutting edge digital educational materials for grades kindergarten through 12th.