We've also been busy lately. My oldest, Gage, is going to turn 5 years old this week! That just seems crazy to me, the time sure has flown. We had family visit on the weekend and we had a party to celebrate. With this birthday comes the time for Gage to become an "official homeschooler". I guess I need to turn in an affidavit to the school, what exactly is it supposed to say? I don't really know...if anyone else does, please enlighten me! I looked up what I need to do for our local school district. I found the requirements interesting:
"Each minor who attends home school shall receive instruction:
- In the subjects the State Board of Education required to be taught in public schools, the State Core Curriculum.
- For the same length of time as required in public schools, which is 180 days or 990 hours (approximately 51/2 hours per day)."
I've heard that Utah is pretty lenient compared to other states, and I suppose it is. Those are really the only two requirements they had. I just find the length of time thing interesting. My son is going to be getting one on one instruction - or at the most it will be one on two instruction if my one year old is involved. He will obviously be able to learn things a lot quicker than the kids in our local kindergarten who, according to the brochure I got in the mail, will have a teacher/student ratio of 1/23. Which I guess is supposed to be considered a good class size, but you can't really beat 1/1, and having your individual educational needs met all of the time. :) I've heard a lot of people say that almost everything you do can count as "school" - cooking, cleaning, playing, reading etc. So I'm sure I can meet the time requirements, but I just think it's odd that they require that much time. Especially since a lot of kindergarten time is spent just managing the crowd.
Edited to add: I actually found out I don't have to submit an affidavit until next year - when he's six. I guess Kindergarten isn't actually required. :)