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In some states, you are required to teach a basic homeschool curriculum, which is just about universally accepted as "standard." It consists of reading, writing, math, English, American history, the history of your state and, possibly, civics or health. In other states, parents are not required to teach this curriculum, but it is suggested. This core material can be amply covered in two to three hours per day. Over and above this, the parent and the student are free to add whatever they wish to their course of study - another wonderful thing about homeschooling! Here are some great ideas:
• If you want to study astronomy, you can spend as much time as you wish—staying up late to view the sky through a telescope from a remote area, for instance.
• If you are interested in ancient history, you can delve into it at the museum and library for hours on end—especially at midday, when the crowds are small.
• If your student is a musician or artist, he or she can focus on music or art for hours.
Homeschoolers have the opportunity to study a topic much more deeply than they would in a "regular" school setting.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|