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    Default What kind of daily time commitment should I be expecting?

    My daughter is starting Kindergarten next year, and I'm planning to homeschool. She's Autistic and a bit language delayed, but not quite delayed enough for an IEP, so they wanted to put her in regular ed, but (in my opinion) she's nowhere near ready for that, so I'm not sending her. <ha> So we found a homeschool Charter and we're going to give it a go!

    But how much time should I expect to spend per day on math? Reading? Should I be planning a science curriculum? I don't want to get overwhelming, and I don't want to short her. My homeschool charter is paying for the curriculum (and they let us trade it out if we hate it!) so I got All About Reading level 1 (she already knows her alphabet and basic phonics sounds) and Right Start Math. Anyone familiar with those? Are they any good?

    Any good places to start for a parent who's a bit of a scatterbrain and kind of sucks at her *own* executive functioning and isn't sure if she can actually pull this off? (Read as: My own organizational skills could probably be improved on by a trained chimpanzee. I'm not sure if this is really for me.) How do you get YOURSELF organized when you have your own disabilities and EF deficits?

    OK, this post is all over the place, which is why I posted it in here instead of a subforum. Cause it's all over the place. Ha.

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    Hello! Welcome to the forums.

    It always intimidating when you first start out, but it will start evening out.

    I didn't use either one of those programs, but I can talk about the other issues.

    For time, I probably spent about 15-30 minutes with seat work/worksheets/formal reading tops. We would watch a PBSKids video, did an art or science activity, played a game. If I totaled it all up, it might have been an hour. We didn't do it all consecutively either. I would read to DS every day, but the time would vary. We could sit for a while with me reading books. And we took field trips to the zoo and museums, the park and the like.

    You don't have to do a science curriculum. Go check out nature. Watch Sid the Science Kid and do a fun project. Keep it simple. Talk about the wonders of the universe.

    Of organization, I just have to plan out my week. I find a time that works best for DS and me. When is your child most engaged and receptive? Start slow, you don't have to do it all at once either. Pick a topic and do that for the week. Add something the following week. There is no need to rush fit it all in.
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    Those are both great programs.

    If you wanted to do those and then just live a normal, enriching life with you kindergartener, that would be completely 100% enough for kindergarten.

    Think about it this way... yes, kids in school probably have "programs" for geography and social studies and science and art and so forth. But, you can take her to be outside in nature more often, to see plays, to go to museums, to read aloud for as long as she can enjoy it, to answer her individual questions, to do projects that interest her when she's really ready and interested.

    Of course, if you want to add in videos for science, simple science kits like Magic School Bus or a book like Mudpies to Magnets, reading aloud a history book like The American Story or a geography book like Children Just Like Me, that would be fine too. Or if you wanted to add a program that does all the enrichment stuff like Build Your Library or Five in a Row, then that would be okay too. I'm really fond of the art program Art Tango, which is free and simple. There's more out there like that too.

    No matter what you do, I wouldn't do more than an hour tops of "sit down" or "formal" schoolwork. Sometimes when my kids were playing or doing a project that they were really into like an art thing, then we would go longer - sometimes even a lot longer. But not more than an hour total on things like math and reading mechanics.
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    Welcome! We are also in California (Im assuming since you said charter).

    As Mariam said, 15-20 minutes is plenty. Our main schoolwork was usually done by lunch, because I liked doing "school" in the mornings. Your preferences may vary, but no more than 2 hours / day.
    Think of doing one activity per topic per day that shes at home with you. One letter of HWT, one activity of math, one reading, one science / social studies topic. Sid the Science Kid counts - you just note it as "vaccinations", or whatever the topic du jour is. Same for social studies - Daniel Tiger can count as social studies, if that still floats your darlings boat.
    Im required to provide work samples for each core subject plus a phys ed log. Use pictures! DD at the Safari Park watching the bird show is science, "learn about birds" in log; "learning to read a map" is social studies. Counting zebras is math, sounding out words on signs is phonics. Just take pictures, and have printouts labeled by subject.

    Ask here or at the charter if you have questions, doubts, worries, disagreeable relatives, or pie recipes. Everyone is out to help you.
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    I'm actually in Utah. There are quite a few homeschool Charters around here. Homeschooling is huge in Utah!

    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Welcome! We are also in California (Im assuming since you said charter).

    As Mariam said, 15-20 minutes is plenty. Our main schoolwork was usually done by lunch, because I liked doing "school" in the mornings. Your preferences may vary, but no more than 2 hours / day.
    Think of doing one activity per topic per day that shes at home with you. One letter of HWT, one activity of math, one reading, one science / social studies topic. Sid the Science Kid counts - you just note it as "vaccinations", or whatever the topic du jour is. Same for social studies - Daniel Tiger can count as social studies, if that still floats your darlings boat.
    Im required to provide work samples for each core subject plus a phys ed log. Use pictures! DD at the Safari Park watching the bird show is science, "learn about birds" in log; "learning to read a map" is social studies. Counting zebras is math, sounding out words on signs is phonics. Just take pictures, and have printouts labeled by subject.

    Ask here or at the charter if you have questions, doubts, worries, disagreeable relatives, or pie recipes. Everyone is out to help you.

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    Oh sweet! I didnt know more states were doing it.
    Utah Charter School Comparison Chart

    Is there an official list of available charters?
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    I know there's My Tech High, Harmony Ed, AISU, and Canyon Grove Distance Education (that's the one I'm doing) but I don't know if there are any more than that.

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    Oh, wow, you found Lumen, I didn't know that one existed!

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