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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Homeschool Myth #2 - You Have To Mimic Public School's Schedule

One of the greatest things about homeschooling, other than being able to teach your children, is that you can do it whenever and wherever you want to! There is NO law that says you have to do homeschool from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no law that says it has to be Monday through Friday. There is no law, at least not in N.Y., that says you have to homeschool September to June. There is no law that says it has to be done in your home.
Every state has time requirements for the homeschooling family. You need to check out what your state requires. The requirements I have in N.Y. are 180 days and 900 hours for elementary and 990 for junior/senior high school.
As long as you follow these time requirements, the sky is the limit for you and your children. Some parents don't start their schools until noontime. Other work out the best starting in the afternoon. Some also do school on Saturdays.
You can spread your 180 days out as you see fit and what works the best for you. I don't suggest, however, that you space your homeschool days too far apart as it is sometimes hard for the kids to recall lessons.
You can take the whole winter off if you want and homeschool all summer. You can choose to not take the same vacations as your public school does, and get done so much sooner than they do.
We do a lot of traveling to and from doctor's appointments, trips to visit grandma 250 miles away once a week, and my paper route. My children do most of their "seatwork" in the car.
Flexibility is an awesome and essential part of homeschooling. Do not let this myth keep you from doing the best thing you can for your child, homeschooling them.


Nightowl Mama said...

thanks for the article I have been thinking on home school my boys.

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