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I have seen this quoted and used over and over. At one time, I knew who said it. Now I want to use it for something and cannot find the actual quote or source. Can anyone help me out?

It is something along the lines of “Aim for 3 good days out of 5 and 6 good months out of 12” when talking about how many days of school you need in a year.

Does anyone know?

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I have seen it repeatedly. It’s not really saying that’s all you have to do. It’s saying that if 3 days are good solid days and the other 2 are days where you cover one subject, it will be fine. If you have 6 solid months, 3 iffy months, and 3 months off - your kids will be okay. More reassuring.

We don’t have any regulations in my state though. Just recommendations.

I have heard it so many times in the last 1 years….I just don’t know the source.

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I think I've heard the 3 out of 5 before, people that do typical school MWF and then explorative stuff on Tu/Th.  Never heard the 6 months/yr. Maybe you're in more unschooled circles?  

I've heard of 3 months school and 1 month off cycles. So that's 9 months of school per yr.

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I've never heard that quote either and I have been homeschooling for almost 3 decades.  Not only haven't I heard it, I don't really agree with it.  

2 minutes ago, chepyl said:

I have seen it repeatedly. It’s not really saying that’s all you have to do. It’s saying that if 3 days are good solid days and the other 2 are days where you cover one subject, it will be fine. If you have 6 solid months, 3 iffy months, and 3 months off - your kids will be okay. More reassuring.
 

I don't find that assessment accurate or reassuring.  Homeschooling is not traditional school.  Time can be used differently.  But lack of organization and haphazard chaos 2/5 of the week and 1/3 of the academic yr does not equate to kids being OK.  It equates to kids not receiving whatever educational objectives were missed 2/5 of the week and 1/3 of the yr.

Homeschooling is more than just school, but missing academics yr after yr accumulates and snow balls over time.  (I know families that have 10th graders in pre-alg bc math was skipped days here and there throughout the yr and every yr they got just further behind.  Yep, over time that means pretty far behind.  Bc they got behind in math, it means they can't progress in science bc high school science requires math......)

 

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If you have not heard the quote, fine. I am looking for the source of the quote, not opinions on the quote.

I wasn’t going to explain because this was just post asking a very specific question.

But here you go.

If you do math, grammar, science, and history three days a week and you get a solid amount of work done, but Thursday is less than stellar and you only cover math because you have a drs appointment and Friday you go out of town- then you are not a failure at homeschooling. Those three solid days of instruction are good. 

If you have a month with a lot of off days (December - with holidays, January for us because of performances) and you get less school done in those months than you want, but 6 of your months are solid 3-5 days a week of school. Your kids will progress and they will not fail. Honestly, I can finish most of our curriculum in 6 months of really good school days. The statement was made to reassure parents who are getting started that a bad month with not ruin their kids. A bad year will not ruin your kids. 
 

I did not hear it in unschooling groups. I have heard it in many different circles. I am simply looking for the source because there is more to the quote than what I have written, but that is what I remember right now.

If you know the source, or think you do - I would love help with that.

 

Thanks!

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I'd be interested if you find it and would like to share it.  I did a search with several different parameters and didn't find anything remotely matching (though a lot of support for a 3 day/week schedule).

I'm beginning to wonder now if it was in something like Ruth Beechick's books.

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At one point, years ago, I remember finding it in a google search using the wording from the quote - a snippet of it. Now, I cannot find me. It must have been on a blog that has been taken down. I will keep looking. I am determined to find it.

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I haven’t heard the quote but if you heard it in the last 5-6 years my thoughts are Sarah Mackenzie, Julie Bogart, or Pam Barnhill. Maybe a speaker with Wild + Free? Are you sure it was written, maybe it was on a podcast?

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On 7/27/2022 at 11:45 PM, 8filltheheart said:

I've never heard that quote either and I have been homeschooling for almost 3 decades.  Not only haven't I heard it, I don't really agree with it.  

I don't find that assessment accurate or reassuring.  Homeschooling is not traditional school.  Time can be used differently.  But lack of organization and haphazard chaos 2/5 of the week and 1/3 of the academic yr does not equate to kids being OK.  It equates to kids not receiving whatever educational objectives were missed 2/5 of the week and 1/3 of the yr.

Homeschooling is more than just school, but missing academics yr after yr accumulates and snow balls over time.  (I know families that have 10th graders in pre-alg bc math was skipped days here and there throughout the yr and every yr they got just further behind.  Yep, over time that means pretty far behind.  Bc they got behind in math, it means they can't progress in science bc high school science requires math......)

 

I don't take it to mean chaos and total lack of schooling for those other two days. Just that they are not "good" days, as in everything didn't go to schedule. If you dont' get to every subject every single day, the kid is not going to end up ignorant and jobless. 

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19 hours ago, ktgrok said:

I don't take it to mean chaos and total lack of schooling for those other two days. Just that they are not "good" days, as in everything didn't go to schedule. If you dont' get to every subject every single day, the kid is not going to end up ignorant and jobless. 

I took it much like 8 did, and let me tell you why.  It's because unless the quote was taken out of context, it implies that this kind of ratio isn't just something that happens now and then.  It implies that this happens all the time.  Sometimes things don't go to schedule.  And sometimes it's even for a season.  But if it becomes the norm (like it's implied in the quote) then something is wrong.  That's when you figure out some other way to provide the stability and consistency in learning that children NEED. 

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