I'm just wondering, should homeschooling be five days a week just like other schools? If so, do you have it seven hours a day as well? Or if you work outside the home, can you just homeschool a couple hours in the evenings? What about having it only one or two days a week? Are there laws about this?
We personally spend 24/7 doing school or not at all, depending on how you want to look at it. We do unschooling, or child-led learning. You could do a search on the word unschool here, and you could look for more information at unschooling.com, if you want more information.
My 7 y/o can play with numbers, finding patterns or working problems on a Sunday morning just for fun. My 11y/o can watch the birth of a Beluga whale on tv or see "Clash of the Titans" on a Sat. night because it interests him. They're always learning, whether they're reading, playing games, running errands or whatever.
Every state is different in their requirements, you'd have to check on the rules for your state, but personally, I think everything counts. (How can it not?)
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We have decided to school 5 days a week for 3 weeks out of the month most of the year. We will probably "bank" a couple of weeks to have a month of to visit the in-laws in July.
Monday is a get stuff for school done day because dh has the car and we have nothing better to do.
Tuesday is our classes for everything day so we usually blow off any school at home. we have Bible study/dd does preschool (where this year she will a helper to the little kids), dance, sign language, drama and then fall exhausted on the couch by three.
Wed. is a another don't do anything else school day (by school day I mean we do math, handwriting of some variety, and maybe reading although she is starting to do this more herself and maybe anything else we would consider school)
Thursday we do school
Friday we go to the library and run errands and clean the playroom
Saturday I look at our log and see if we need to do math (the only thing we do fairly consistantly) or any "creative filling". We are supposed to do 4 hours 5 days a week. I am not sure if that is a law or something I heard somewhere so we do a lot of "creative filling" in the log just in case.
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We do what we do not for school's sake, but because we like it and then, if necessary I translate it into schoolese.
I homeschool six days a week so that my children can learn to honor the Sabbath. We also homeschool twelve months a year.
When they were younger, it was everyday since life presents many learning experiences all the time. As they got older and learning became more formal, it was 6 days.
The 4 yo I spend time playing with math or letter manipulativeswhen she asks. Maybe once a week. She also goes to dance class, and playgroup ( mainly to play on the junglegym- no city parks here). She gets read to before bed and at other times when she asks.
They both spend lots of time on the computer. DD10 has cd roms that are great for learning. She also writes frequently. DD4 lays in word, typing out her favorite letters.
A pessamistic outside observer might think not much schooling goes on here, but I can see the changes in them. It's amazing. And John Holt is right: when it's child led learning, it's much deeper, more significant, and it sticks. When I try to force something she backs away and doesn't want it. I'm trying to sneak the times tables in right now, without forcing memorization. Slowly but surely.