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8/9/12 1:27 P

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We also do year around HS. I would say more but will be almost exactly the same as what MRSMSMOMMY has already covered. Good job all !

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6/11/12 10:02 P

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We homeschool year round. I don't see any point (for us) in taking 3 months off in the summer anyways, it is way too hot here to enjoy it! So we do school in the summer, but it is mostly for enrichment type things, tying up loose ends, hands on things, unit studies, and finishing up any books or work that is not done, so we can move on in the Fall. We take a day or week, whenever we need it, and we always have way more than our required 180 days. This year will be the first year I've had to register them though, so I'll be keeping attendance and records better, In case anyone comes questioning. We start the school year in July/August but don't keep to the public school schedule AT ALL.



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4/20/12 7:40 P

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Oh yes, that must be very hard to meet up with other homeschoolers and have a daycare. =/


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4/20/12 12:25 A

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LOL! Thanks! I do feel bad about the homeschool group that wanted to approve our curriculum though. I enjoyed the people and loved having ds be a part of a group of others who were homeschooled. We are in a small community so not much available here. I just couldn't overlook that all for "socialization". We have another group now, but we rarely get to see them as we are just on different schedules. They do most of their stuff during the week and we do our field trips when dad can attend as a family on weekends, not to mention that due to daycare I can't usually travel on the days they do all their fun. Oh well. We try and occasionally get to meet up with them. I guess I need a mini van again....dh would not consider though I'm afraid.


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4/20/12 12:14 A

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Yes, baking a cake is math, chemistry, and life skill. (I call it practical living) Gee, remember home ec back in the day? And what about sewing?

good for you for not falling into the trap of having your curriculum be approved. I've already been on a vent about homeschoolers putting kids in a box based on age and grade. I thought this was one of the reasons we homeschooled? So we had the freedom to burst out of those boxes.

And to validate, (as if you need it), his wife and kids will love his ability to do certain things and know how to use tools. I cannot tell you how much I had to teach my dh. Good grief, he didn't even know how to change a tail light bulb on his car when we were dating. He was going to take it to the dealer. agh!

LOL about the shiny metal object! Reminds me of the moving UP! and SQUIRREL!



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4/17/12 5:20 P

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Isn't that so true that so much really could be school time. We had a group here that was awesome and we adored them but they wanted to make it so that the "board" approved our curriculum. I nicely told them at a board meeting that I didn't think anyone should have to pass my curriculum other than my husband, son and God. That's why we homeschool. LOL! They said they were really lenient on all curriculum, they just wanted to make sure they didn't get any unschoolers in the group that considered baking a cake a math class and laughed. I laughed back and said...oh we don't consider it math...you wouldn't have to worry about that, we consider it MATH and CHEMISTRY! Grrrr.......

Yesterday, my son took apart a bed and helped me move it upstairs and then re-put it back together again. LIFE SKILLS! (yes he also did math and language arts and reading ) but in the end...his wife one day and children will be glad he knows how to put together a bed and can use tools...not that he remembers the adverbs we learned yesterday.

LOL! guess I got off topic in here....oooopps...look shiny metal object! emoticon emoticon


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4/17/12 4:01 P

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According to hslda, only two states require instructional days of 181 or higher. I guess Fay, you're in one of those two? What does the academic hours consist of 50 minutes of classroom or instructional time? Is that geared more towards people that do the unschool method?
Based on their classroom instruction and study time information I could say my ds is NOT in school only when he's sleeping. He's currently working on "physics" with a catapult. LOL emoticon

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4/17/12 3:22 P

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Took the simple approach the the question and copied and pasted from our State website:

Substantially equivalent period of time
Kansas public schools must conduct classes for 1,116 academic hours (calculated as 186 days x 6 academic hours per day; academic hours consist of 50 minutes of classroom or instructional time.) Nonaccredited private schools in Kansas must be “substantially equivalent” to this. However, they are not required to follow the local public school's academic year or daily class schedule. Private schools are free to set their schedules and academic years as they choose. In meeting this requirement, homeschools include all activities that are considered part of the school's academic program, including:

Classroom instruction and study time;
Activities related to classroom instruction, e.g., field trips, library research, science fairs;
Non-classroom activities similar to those offered in public schools, e.g., music lessons and performances, drama, sports, 4-H;
Activities specific to the private school's philosophy, e.g., for Christian-based private schools, this could include Bible study, Scripture memorization, church and youth group activities, etc.



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4/17/12 3:04 P

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Have we discussed the compulsory instructional days?

Tasha mentioned 170 days.

I just noticed a mistake on my state's requirement. They've increased the compulsory instructional requirements by two days, but left the teacher days the same without increasing the minimal school term by two days. LOL Either someone doesn't know how to add or subtract, but the teachers don't get ten days off from 185 to 177 days (6 hours long). When school started in August is said 175 and now it says 177. What is UP with THAT?!~


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4/17/12 10:28 A

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That's a great plan. emoticon


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4/17/12 10:02 A

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We start mid July, mainly because it's getting so hot outside and boredom, and we only have school Mon-Thur. Friday is the morning we meet with our co-op and mama needs a day off from teaching :) We take 1 fall break since we start so early, 1 week for Thanksgiving, 2 for Christmas, and 1 in the spring. We usually finish up middle to end of May - our total days is about 170. So, to answer the question, we don't school all year but our summer is shorter than public school :) Love this group!!

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4/14/12 8:42 A

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Thanks so much ladies. I haven't made my decision yet but I am taking in all the advice you have given me and hopefully will figure it out soon.

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4/12/12 10:52 P

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Good point Faylei, we start the same week as the school, but I detest starting on a Wednesday. We start on Monday too.

As a student in elementary school I LOVED year round, but by middle school I wanted the regular schedule and by high school got it and LOVED having my summers off.

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We for the most part are close to the school calendar as I do daycare and that just works best coordinating with the daycare and a mom who is a teacher. They always start on a Wednesday and we start on Monday before though and we are usually done a week before they are due to all the Saturdays we often end up schooling through field trips. Ds also this year took his Spring Break a few weeks after the public school as that is what worked best for our family this year in order for him to go spend Spring Break in Tx. with his memi/papa.

When my oldest kids were in public school, they went to an alternative school that was year round and we loved it! The school didn't start all the way back over to re teach all they had learned the last half of the year. I however have not found the need to re-teach even while taking off for summer. I was a little worried the first year that I would have to but found ds with a day review picked right back up in Math where he was at the end of the previous year. I think either approach is wonderful, whichever works best for your family. I have heard so many talking about how fun summer schooling is as there are so many extra fun field trips available and also the extra hands on activities that summer weather can provide.


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We only start when the school year begins, but that's the only part of the school calendar we follow. School officially ends when we've completed the days required, but generally finish up any lose ends before I decide to call the year complete. We don't do official school during the summer, but we always continue our learning. Doing this makes starting the new year much easier and there's less review.
Every family is different, every child is different. You'll find what works for you. I seem to tweak things each year. This year I decided to give one day off about every 19-21 days, because I do not give one week off for the major holidays. (It's too hard to get back into the swing of things with that much time off)

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4/12/12 9:23 P

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We always try to start early. Third week of July or so. Then we take off as we need to during the year but I like to be done with our 180 (magical) days by the end of May. Then we do take time off because I need it!

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4/12/12 9:43 A

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To school all yr around or not too that is the ? How many of you school throughout the entire year? How many of you take the whole summer off? Could you give me your pro and cons of both. I am debating whether we want to go yr around and take more breaks throughout the year or just take summer off. How many of you go by the public school yr calendar? Thanks!

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