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WI Home/UnSchoolers - 875 hours??!! How do you do it??

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We just moved back to wisconsin and maybe I just didn't know this when I lived here before, but apparently we need to be doing 875 hours worth of school time with all children ages 6 to 18.  I am taking a look at my schedule and it seems nearly impossible to get such an amount of hours into the schedule!  It seems we will end up doing *school* 5 or 6 hours a day!!

 

How do you have this figured out in your home?

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The number of hours per day depends on the number of days. We unschool, and learning takes place year round, so I don't worry much about the number of days or hours we homeschool. I live in PA, where we have a choice to go by days or hours. I hope some homeschoolers from your state respond. If not, seek out fellow homeschoolers in your area to ask.
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It's our first year homeschooling in WI also.  Like pp, learning takes place all the time in our home so counting hours doesn't seem to be a big deal, we will definitly go over or meet the mark early on.  We school year round, with a week or two off at a time as needed on a seasonal basis.  We don't observe most, or any really, holidays in the traditional sense, nor do we follow our districts calendar.  We school 5 "regular" days a week, about 4 hours a day, with the remaining 2 days we do a lighter load, like 1-2 hours.  Our kids are still young so it makes "schooling" all the time a bit easer and go unnoticed, it's just life. 

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Do you have to verify the number of hours? If not, why the concern?
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pek64-  No, in Wisconsin the only required documentation is to submit the state's form stating intent to homeschool by a certain date each fall for each child 6-18.  You are required to log 875 hours of school during the year, typically September to early June.  You are also required to provided instruction in a specific set of subjects.  There is no requirement that you submit this proof each year.  However, if you are involved in an audit the state will want to see proof that school is in fact taking place and the hours are being met.  So the state does recommend that you keep an attendance record/log as well as records of subjects covered and the students work to show his/her progress.  

 

I am not concerned about getting to the required number of hours or covering required subjects or facing an audit, but better safe then sorry and keeping records/organized is just in my nature so it's not like it adds any more work for me in the end.  So to be safe I keep a log of hours/days we cover the state's required subjects as well as additional subjects not required.  I also have lesson plans for the subject's required by the state and those not required but covered, and completed work saved in the order it is completed to show the progress in the event it is needed.  

 

Happy Schooling!

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pek64-  No, in Wisconsin the only required documentation is to submit the state's form stating intent to homeschool by a certain date each fall for each child 6-18.  You are required to log 875 hours of school during the year, typically September to early June.  You are also required to provided instruction in a specific set of subjects.  There is no requirement that you submit this proof each year.  However, if you are involved in an audit the state will want to see proof that school is in fact taking place and the hours are being met.  So the state does recommend that you keep an attendance record/log as well as records of subjects covered and the students work to show his/her progress.  

I am not concerned about getting to the required number of hours or covering required subjects or facing an audit, but better safe then sorry and keeping records/organized is just in my nature so it's not like it adds any more work for me in the end.  So to be safe I keep a log of hours/days we cover the state's required subjects as well as additional subjects not required.  I also have lesson plans for the subject's required by the state and those not required but covered, and completed work saved in the order it is completed to show the progress in the event it is needed.  

Happy Schooling!

Since you are following the requirements for your state, I have two questions for you.

1. How many days, for how many hours, do you teach?

2. Why didn't you respond earlier with the detailed information?
post #7 of 10
Sorry. I see it *was* you who responded earlier. The only thing you didn't mention is how many days *total* it ends up being.

(I would have edited my above post, but the editor didn't feel like cooperating.)
post #8 of 10

The total days of schooling in our family really depends on how many hours a day we do school and how much time we choose to take off.  We do some school every day of the week.  This is our first year in Wisconsin and I plan on 1-2 weeks off every 5-6 weeks, basically 1 week off mid season, 2 weeks off at season's change, but since this is our first year I cannot be sure how it will end up. On paper it would look like this:

 

52 weeks a year - 12 weeks off (spread out over the year) = 40 weeks

875 hours required / 40 weeks = 22 hours per week (rounded up)

22 hours per week / 5 days a week = 4.4 hours per day

 

We usually do 5 days at 3.5-4.5 hours and 2 days at 1.5-2.5 hours, with shortened "full" days resulting in longer "short" days (does that make sense?), that gives a weekly total of 20.5-27.5 hours on any given week. I aim for 25 hours a week and adjust each day as needed to get there.  However at 25 hours a week we will be done in 35 weeks.

35 weeks x 7 days a week = 245 days of school 

365 days a year - 245 days of school = 120 days, about 17 weeks, off.  

 

That is way more time off then I plan on taking, I plan to stick to the schedule I mentioned above which would result in 1,000 hours total for the year (40 weeks x 25 hours a week = 1,000 hours a year).  So I have no concern that we will have a problem meeting the required hours in the time frame given.  We will most certainly go over and beyond the hours and subjects required by the state.  Also just cause we take a week, or two, off doesn't mean we won't be doing any learning during that time it will just be a little less formal and possibly cover something unrelated to our current regular studies.

 

Bottom line is we will meet out required hours in 245 days (25 hours a week x 35 weeks, at 7 days a week), but will go at least another 5 weeks beyond that to surpass the required hours.  Of course all this may change come spring and then again in the fall and again and again and again!  It really depends on what works for us when, as is true for all homeschoolers I think but this is what I am planning on right now as it seems to be a good fit for our family.

 

I think I answered you question, if not let me know.  

 

Also I didn't respond sooner because I have not been on Mothering in a very long time (over a year I think), my first day back on the message boards was the same day that I first responded to OP.

post #9 of 10
Thanks for the info!!
post #10 of 10

I am new to homeschooling in Wisconsin as well. When you are logging your daily hours, take in account everything where learning of some sort takes place.  You don't just have to document hours that are sitting down at a table, book in hand. Just think of what happens in an elementary school. "School" for them includes gym, music, field trips, etc. So I count that hour at the library every week, watching the Nutcracker ballet on youtube, drawing pictures for Christmas cards, trips to various zoos/museums, nature walks, learning to bake bread with mom, etc.  That will help the hours add up easily.

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