According to the Kentucky statutes governing homeschooling, we are finished with what is required of us!
“Required Days of Instruction:
185 days, which must include the equivalent of 175 six (6) hour instructional days and 10 non-instructional (teacher) days. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 158.070 and 158.080.
Required Subjects: Include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, and civics. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.080.”
However, we have not finished with our Middle Ages/ Renaissance unit studies, nor have we reached a stopping place with our math and spelling courses. So our current homeschooling will be continuing for a few more weeks, but without any pressure or stress. We are transitioning to the “AT LEAST ONE THING” schedule.
For now and throughout the summer I will only require my kids to do only one educational lesson a day. They may choose math, spelling/grammar, unit study, or an arts related project to work on Monday through Thursday. The rest of their day can be spent reading, watching movies, playing outside, and a little bit of video gaming. In the next few weeks we will be including youth camp, two Vacation Bible Schools, our library’s summer program, and community service projects with their daily learning choices. When we are done with our Middle Ages/Renaissance unit study, we will start working on a new one, Music.
Last year, we were able to add twelve complete school days to our records by sticking with our “AT LEAST ONE THING” a day schedule. I hope we can do that again this summer. It was wonderful having twelve days recorded at the start of our school year. It was also nice to be able to take a few extra days off during the school year without feeling that we would be falling behind schedule.
This freed up schedule is even better for me than it is my kids. I need some extra time to complete our homeschool records and scholarship reports. I also have not completely organized our summer school music unit study, not to mention the American History unit studies for the 2013-2014 school year. And, I would love to just sit back and read a book or two.
Since Monday was our first day of being finished with our regular homeschooling schedule, I thought we should do something special to celebrate. I asked the kids what they wanted to do. They wanted to go to the library. (I’m thinking my kids might be nerds.) They also asked for pizza. So pizza at the library’s garden it was.
I love the flexibility of homeschool!
Oh yes, we do too!
I like the one thing a day idea. I’m planning something similar for our summer too. And I love that they wanted to go to the library to celebrate, that’s just great!!
My daughter came home with a back pack full of fiction novels. The boys had their bags loaded with Wii games and DVDs and sign ups for the summer program.