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Readers Respond: What do you count as schooling? How do you keep records of those actvities?

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church counts

You can count those hours in church each week. Music and history in the very least. I don't really "count" hours. I put 250 hours each time in my reports. My children all of that and more.
—Guest Vickymomof6

Counting Hours

Don't forget the to count storytime before bed, walks to the park, bike riding, baking with mom, computer time with educational games etc. You'll see that those times add up for science, phys ed, computer and other educational categories. If your state is picky about hours, which thankfully mine is not, just make sure you are counting all the educational times you spend with your child, which are probably numerous, but you just think of them as regular daily activities.
—Rockiesmom

Move at his pace

Perhaps your son is completing all of the work so quickly because it's too easy for him. This happened with my 10 year old daughter. We still couldn't fill 6 hours a day, but the harder (above "grade level") work is much more interesting for her. As the others have mentioned, almost everything you do in a day is part of your son's education and should be counted. This would also include discussions in the car, audio books he may be listening to, walks, etc. Don't you wish that you could subtract the public school time that they spend waiting for everybody to get ready, walking to lunch, recess, walking to music, art, library. I'll guarantee that they are only getting about 3 1/2 hours of actual learning time. I know this because I volunteered at my local school two years ago. Be creative!
—metalpat

Homeschooling Hours

Here is a list of some ideas that could help the daily hours. Chores (kids at school clean own lunch messes,desks and lockers. Meal Preparation/ Baking Cutting and sorting coupons...then taking a calculator to store and dep. on age give assignments. Music lesson Library time (ours has MANY free programs in Sci/ History/ Art/ and we even had a Spanish class) Recess/ PE time...good for Mom too...go ahead a take a walk or bike ride. Join a museum and visit often. By the way...see if state requirements are exactly 6 hours a day or the equivalent of 6 hours of public school. Homeschooling actually requires less time than reg. classroom setting. Brainstorm with some local moms...getting together to come up with co-ops, trips, play dates really helps. (Sharing the load) The older they get the easier it is to fill up the hours. Then you have the problem of trying to get enough time to fit it all in. Don't forget those "inservice days" teachers get...use them for a planning day.
—Guest EWP

count everything

If you feel your son is getting all the formal instruction necessary and he is progressing, I would keep track of hours spent in other pursuits. If he takes music lessons, count those, if not, get some music instructional videos from the library or other sources and count that. Sen him outside to do physical activity (anything goes) and count that as PE. Bake cookies and count that as home ec. Find names for the things you do everyday as hours he is receiving instruction to satisfy the state. If you have other children, have him read to them or play games with them and list that time under the appropriate subject. This is the best kind of learning when you are sharing what you know with others. Hope that helps!
—DKinkopf

Homeschooling park days

I always count the park days we have with our homeschool group. They get P.E., social skills, nature study, etc. Sometimes crafts and other activities are planned. We don't have to keep track of hours, so I journal anything extra besides the obvious P.E. and social skills.
—Guest HS mom

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