So, summer is pretty much over and probably by now you have started a homeschool program for your children. Many parents and students bog down shortly after starting so I want to introduce you to some various methods of teaching that you might want to take a serious look at before the first breakdown.
I don't have the time to break down the pro's and con's of each method but I won't leave you without a dependable resource for researching each one on your own.
Lots of families probably take a normal, practical approach that is much like traditional public school settings. Following is a short list of some other methods and a brief note about each one.
Unschooling method: this method takes on a child-led approach that is natural and interesting to the child.
Eclectic method: is by far the most relaxed (to me, it severely lacks discipline) method of teaching. This method does not use a prescribed set of textbooks, rather it uses various workbooks for math, reading, and spelling and basically uses unschooling method for all other subjects and interests. This works for some but I don't have a feel for this method so it probably would not work as well for me.
Charlotte Mason method: uses real life situations through playtime and creativity to teach youngsters.
Waldorf method & the Montessori method: both of these methods discourage the use of TV and computers for younger students but allow it in later grades. Waldorf focuses on teaching the whole child as in spirt, mind, and body, while Montessori actively approaches errors and turns it into a positive experience for the student so that they walk away from their mistakes with a positive attitude that even through the mistake, they still learned.
There are other methods out there for your consideration. This and more information can be found at Homeschool Methods. Type in any search bar "homeschool methods" for other resources as well.
Now, to tie all this together. When you or your child has a bad hair day, incorporate one or more of these methods for the day, maybe even finish out the week in an eclectic sort of way.
If necessary, after you have studied these methods, create your own method that will work for you and your child---just keep the learning momentum going.