Workbooks are used in both homeschools, and in public schools, but they may not work for all of the kids. There are definitely plenty of pros, and cons on using workbooks for your homeschool. Below you will see both of these listed. In the end you will need to figure out whether or not the workbooks will really work for your children.
The benefits for using workbooks in your home school really vary depending on children. The first pro is that you will be giving your children plenty of hands on practice. The other nice thing about workbooks is that you will be able to keep everything all in one area. It is a lot easier to manage the papers if they are not constantly coming off the printer, or if they are all over place. Also during the back to school season you should be able to get the workbooks for at least half price. For some families the workbooks are just a lot more manageable than using anything else.
Of course for every pro there is bound to be a con to the workbooks. The first con is that not all kids enjoy doing work in workbooks. The benefits of homeschooling are that you can make it very different from regular school work. If kids have had a hard time in school with all the book work you may hit a road block when you try to do a workbook. Finding the right workbook also takes time, and sometimes it is just a lot easier to do an online search to find the right worksheets. Also in some cases depending on what type of workbook you choose you can end up paying a lot more for a workbook than you would for just printing the pages out.
The bottom line is that it is an individual choice for each person. If you are not sure whether or not the workbooks will work for your children, purchase an inexpensive one first and then see how it works. Never invest in an expensive workbook before figuring out if it will work for your children. Try weighing the pros and cons of the workbooks for your home school. Remember that there are different publishers and some workbooks are a lot better than others. Why not look up some reviews on the workbooks that you are considering purchasing. This way you will be able to see which workbooks will work with you.