November 13, 2009, Newsletter Issue #305: School Time

Tip of the Week

Whether or not you follow a regular school year depends first on your state laws and second on your lifestyle. Following the public school year is a necessity when the state requires parents to keep and submit a very accurate attendance record. A more flexible schedule is realistic in states that do not require this.

Children whose parents are engaged in seasonal occupations may follow an academic calendar that follows the parents work schedule. Many parents use a boxed curriculum because of the simplicity of the school year (you teach 180 days per school year and that's that). Since homeschooling is much more academically active than regular schooling, your child will cover more than one grade in 180 days, which is fine.

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Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.

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