I often wonder what counts as a school day. Some days we just breeze through everything in two hours and I think yeah, homeschooling is so easy I can do it with one hand tied behind my back. More often we get through everything but it takes longer than two hours because we have to take a long break to play outside, or because two siblings prefer to fight over who gets to use the green pencil and who has to use a plain yellow one, or because I’m trying to simultaneously teach Latin and do eight loads of laundry.
Then there are the days when it’s like pulling teeth to get anyone to do anything at all and we wind up hitting lunch time with everyone still in their pajamas, having only finished Bible and half of a reading lesson.
I figure there are three main options when it comes to what counts as a school day:
- Decide that a school day lasts a certain number of hours. This is the standard school approach. I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of time in school watching videos and sitting around waiting for other kids to finish worksheets. Since my kids don’t watch a lot of videos and only have their siblings to wait for, if we took this approach our day could be considerably shorter than the standard public school day.
- Decide that a school day means certain subjects were covered. Bible is easy to do for us since we cover that during breakfast, but in terms of other subjects, I guess if I were to pick a real core I would say maybe reading, math, and Latin? I don’t know where I would draw the line for this option, since I really think all the subjects I cover are important, or else I wouldn’t be covering them in the first place.
- Figure that the whole “school day” concept is overrated and focus on turning out kids who get their work done in one way or another. I realize that at some level it doesn’t really matter what constitutes a school day as long as the kids are learning and staying at or above grade level. In our state you don’t have to keep records of attendance until the child is seven, so fortunately I have time to perfect my system!
If you homeschool, what do you count as a school day? Do you count by hours or by subjects or some other way?