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    Hello all, new here and have enjoyed and benefitted from reading some of the members experiences here at SHS this morning. I am a new-to-homeschooling dad of 2 (son, 12 and daughter, 7). A little background... We plan to go on a yearlong roadtrip until next summer thus the desire to homeschool. We are new in our community, and we were living in asia for the last 5 years, just repatriated the last month. The kids attended a mix of schools the last being an international baccalaureate school. We are very much looking forward to seeing the national parks and different parts of the country and tying it into the kids education.
    My wife is ok with partially unschooling them for the year we are on the road giving them a gap year, but I want to try to keep them at grade level so we agreed to give it a go. I will teach the academic subjects and she will teach the music, art and foreign language. I filed the IHIPs last week, and today will be the first day of homeschool for us. I am ready for failure or success in any form it may take, partial, total or mixed. I spent the past week choosing curriculum, writing IHIPs, and making class schedules. Not having any idea what a homeschool schedule looks like (could not find many examples of schedules but did find lots of IHIPs on a local facebook group) and trying to follow NY regulations, I made a schedule similar to their last schools with the class hours falling close to the 900 and 990 hours NY requires. Willing to switch it up though. Here goes.

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    Welcome! Sorry I didnt see this sooner,

    New York is one of the more bureaucratic states to homeschool from - making that schedule sounds onerous! I wouldnt worry too much about sticking to it... Im surprised whenever i meet a homeschooler whose year has gone as planned. Theres also sort of no such thing as “at grade level” for a 7yo or a 12 yo... by June, you might expect your 7yo to be reading fluently, moving into chapter books, and starting on multiplication concepts. They wont fall behind or forget how to add if they skip formal math lessons for a week or a month. (Not saying you should.... but whats going to be memorable from this time together are the things you do together, not the hours you stare at him doing math and grammar worksheets, both of you bored out of your minds.)

    Talk to some new yorkers about how the school year accounting actually works out. Or if you can switch your residency, pick a state thats less bureaucracy. (Not NY NJ PA or DC)

    Good luck! Enjoy your roadtrip!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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