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Structure of the School Year

Now that you have started your homeschool schedule, there are various questions that bother you. Should you study continuously, take a number of short breaks or a long vacation? What about national holidays? When should you take a break?

The answers to these questions and many more like this are actually quite simple: Do what works best for you. This is one of the interesting benefits of homeschooling. You don't have a pattern that is set to follow. You MUST NOT take that fall vacation, or close the shop for a prolonged summer vacation. Flexibility is the key here. For some students who are not in school, even a definite curriculum is not needed because lessons are part of their daily lives. But this may not apply to beginners. Beginners may need to map their activities to fit the pattern.

Before you plan the structure of your class, consider some of the most important issues. What homeschooling methods will you follow, what your teaching style and your child's learning style are, what work schedules and games, what your vacation plans are. Some families plan a small vacation 1 week at different times of the year. Other families prefer to go for a month or more. Consult with your family members, and arrange a vacation schedule that best suits you.

There are several positive benefits in following the schedule of traditional summer vacations. First, your children can take advantage of various summer activities, camps, and classes. Your child's schedule will coincide with the schedule of his schoolmates. Summer work is possible. A long summer vacation also means that both parents and children get a break from their daily lessons. This can also be a major weakness, because it is sometimes difficult to get back on track once the class continues.

On the other hand, there are several advantages to taking small breaks for a year. First, children are not bored because they have time to explore other interests. You can discuss more topics in the extra time you save. You can also take family and vacation trips during less popular travel periods. This means a lower crowd and better prices. But beware if your child becomes anxious when other children enjoy a long summer vacation.

As far as homeschooling is concerned, you and your family are responsible people. Maintaining the individual needs of children is the main focus of this system. So, adjust the school year according to your child's needs. Periodic evaluations are a must. Set some realistic goals and see if you can achieve this goal. Most importantly, avoid saturation - both for yourself and your children.

Is Homeschooling Legal?

Without a doubt, homeschooling is legal in all the 50 States of the U.s. But, that is just about where the similarity ends. Laws and regulations regarding homeschooling vary from state to state. Interpretations of these laws can vary from scholl district to school district. Additionally, these laws may change every year.

The National Home Education network is a wonderful resource when it comes to the legalities of homeschooling. It has a listing of the actual state laws for each state in the U.S. Reading the laws that pertain to your state is perhaps the best way to get accurate information about these laws. But, most people need to get the laws interpreted by a qualified attorney. You can get valuable information from the support group at your locality. Additionally, many state education departments have online resources that will help you in interpreting the state requirements for homeschooling. The internet is also a good source of information.

It is a good idea to check out your state laws regarding homeschooling before you start educating your child at home. This will prevent any nasty surprises on the way. If you have to move, you will need to be aware of any tests or exams that your child may need to take.

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