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  1. How wonderful and how beautiful the view (and you are).
  2. I only count it for the high schoolers who are earning a music credit. My other high schoolers ( and years we don’t count it as credit) we use it as an extra curricular activity. @cbollin what I meant was not that music lessons make it a full day of school. I meant that where b&m schooled kids might also have a music class at school in addition to piano lessons, some years my kids have only the piano lessons and I count that as part of their academic program instead of an extracurricular. It is their required music.
  3. Yeah, this is my dh's greatest contribution for sure!
  4. The above pretty much sum up our situation. We treat my teaching as a full time job. He is a wonderful supporter and listener. He does the grocery shopping, cooks twice a week and handles most of the finances and the cars. He is 100% in charge of BSA and TKD extra curriculars and some of the soccer. Because he works next door, he sometimes supervises music lessons or can come home and work (or I can send a child to work at his work) if I need to take a child to the doctor or a field trip (this happens less often now that that the kids are older.) Some years he has done Bible study with the kids (but we probably would have done that had they gone to school.) In theory he could help with high school math and science (he was certified as a math teacher), but in practice that never really happens. It is possible that in a few years I will get a job on Mondays (when he is off), but he would have more of an advisory role there.
  5. No problem with your nosiness. Lol. I am interested in systems, too. I wish I could have you over and show you. We each have our own. Mine organizes my whole life. I would plan for the kids in it when they were young. Once each hit about fourth grade they got their own. I plan directly into each. Anything we all do together ( like a study skills book I’m reading aloud) goes in mine ( except for the child who needs it written in his or he feels like I’m not being straight with him about his day.) I’m on my phone right now, but I’ll see if I can upload an example or link to a sample that’s close.
  6. I make my own plan book. I may have gotten the idea from a homeschool planner, though. Possibly it was Debra Bell’s. I like making my own. I have a place for menu planning each week and my grade book sheets in the back. The kids have places to write what they will do each day and syllabi for classes in the back ( my high schoolers,).
  7. Oh, wait, I just realized I do have a system for tracking hours i high school hours for some classes. My kids have plan books which list the subjects and days of the weeks. So, if we are tracking hours for lets say PE, each square of PE has a couple of circles in it. Each circle is divided into 4 sections. Then the child keeps track of the time spend (rounded up or down sometimes) by coloring in amount of quarters. I added them weekly to see if we were on track in that subject.
  8. Oh, and while it doesn’t count as school for you schooled kids, it still counts as education. The schools don’t quantify it as such bc they are responsible for reporting on what they are required to teach, nit what the child knows or is learning ( except an alternative school perhaps.).
  9. You might find this way of thinking shifting as you get further into your year. It’s not really about serving a purpose one way or the other. If you only need to do 180 days, you do. I write 300+ Per quarter hours because it doesn’t matter that we school let’s say 356 bc the law only requires 300. When I list what I do, I list things from weekends bc I need to show what I covered. If I think a child is feeling overwhelmed bc they feel like they are doing school 6 days a week, we cut something. So, I report that we’ve met the required hours because we do. I list what we do to show that we’ve covered what we must no matter when it happens ( even if it happened in hours that aren’t required.)
  10. Keeping track is easy. I keep a plan book. I write in things like this. For instance this week I write in the margins—summer PE and listed what they did. I write any unplanned extras like museums, too If you are asking how does it fit in to a daily count it’s more fluid than that. I guess I don’t keep stick to the minute records. I plan for 180 days and then plan our activities and curriculum goals and then they all kind of happen but not in a neat 9-3 kind of way. The weekend museum trip might balance a day like today when we had an early birthday party.
  11. It depends on the year, age of child, etc. When I taught museum visits were a day of school. There shouldn't be any hard and fast rule, imho. Yes, there are parents who are enriching outside of school, but that doesn't mean that every family would be enriching everything. I count music lessons for my children as school (for the under high schoolers). I don't do an extra lesson during school in addition to piano lessons. Sometimes we did art lessons at home and in a class. Sometimes we don't. Some years we did PE at home and a sport, some years we didn't. Some years they were doing 2 sports at once. Basically, I aimed for balance and coverage--are we making steady progress in all subjects and are we having enrichment activities/field trips. I doesn't matter to my family how many hours. The children who go to museums as a family aren't doing other things that my family are doing in the hours that we have free bc I counted the museum as school. Does that make sense? There is a fluid line between good families and homeschool which is why kids whose families value education do well in b&m school. If you saw my homeschooled kids and their cousins who go to b&m school in a good district and did tons of museum visits on weekends as family, you probably wouldn't be able to tell which are which. It's not really about hours of education. And I do count physical activity during the summer and weekends as school for reporting purposes. I also list their summer and weekend museum visits.
  12. I've done fourth grade differently with each of my four. There is no right way to do it at this level and, yes, enjoyment is key. With my last one, she was not a read for pleasure girl at the beginning of the year. In fact, although we are big, big readers, she claimed not to like to read. So, I had her read relatively easy books and then, when she caught the Harry Potter bug, I let her fly with just reading those (nothing assigned.) I read a loud to her daily and we gently discussed things from the books I read (and then when she would come to me so excited about HP.) Before the HP books, I would have her do short narrations (retellings) of what she'd read the day before so I was sure that she was understanding the story. My focus was building reading muscle and enjoyment. So, at this level, as long as you are reading aloud "good literature," I think it's fine for her to read what she wants for her independent reading time.
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