YAE – Our Homeschool

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Welcome to our school – YAHUAH’s Academy of Excellence!

Today I want share briefly our school year plan.

When we first started homeschooling, we followed the 36 weeks of school however after two years, I found this did not work.  I found myself having to re-teach the first few weeks of school, feeling stressed to get assignments done and no freedom for sick days/down time.  So I went year round and haven’t looked back since.

I really do like year-round homeschooling.  Dealing with pregnancies, sick issues, moving, moving, moving and learning challenges is far less challenging for me because we are year round.

So here is what it looks like for us:

Generally I like to start the first or second week of September.

6 weeks, then 2-3 additional days during the 7th week which are used to keep us on track if somethings should come up, out side of the planned days off.  During this time we usually have 2-3 days for big grocery shopping (which takes nearly all day) and sometimes 1 teacher day off and 1 student day off.

6 weeks, then a complete week on off (no make-up at all)

We repeat the same process, three times, and then we have another set of the first six weeks, with 2-3 days of work, then we are off for two-three weeks before the new school year starts.

The state of Georgia requires 180 school days and we usually exceed it by 20-30 days or so, most of the time.

Quarter State Date End Date Planned Breaks
Quarter 1 9/10/2017 10/28/2017 10/25/2017  – 10/28/2017
Quarter  2 10/29/2017 12/16/2017 12/10/2017 – 12/16/2017
Quarter 3 12/17/2017 2/3/2018 01/31/2018 – 02/03/2018
Quarter 4 2/4/2018 3/24/2018 3/18/2018 – 3/24/2018
Quarter 5 3/25/2018 05/12/2018 5/9/2018 – 5/12/2018
Quarter 6 5/13/2018 6/30/2018 6/24/2018 – 06/30/2018
Quarter 7 7/1/2018 8/18/2018 8/19/2018 – 9/1/2018

Next I will share our daily flow!

YAE – Planning Part 1

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For the majority of our home education, we have used a basic plan for each year.  The plan is this:

Seven Quarters with seven weeks each.

For Quarters 1, 3, 5 and 7 – we homeschool 6 weeks and have 2-3 makeup days during week 7.

For Quarters 2, 4 and 6 – we homeschool 6 weeks and take off the 7th week completely!

During each 7 week period we take 3 Thursdays  off for grocery shopping, I allow myself 1 teacher day if needed and the kids 1 sick day.   Now if for some reason we have to take off a lot time, we may have an extra make-up day on Sundays or I will add the number of days needed at the end for the year.

With our schedule we easily get 200 days of school done each year, Georgia only requires 180.  If you would like to know the laws for a particular state visit:  https://www.hslda.org/laws/

The extra 20 days gives us time to complete our work, without rushing through it.

I created this basic excel quarterly planner and it works just fine.   I get too overwhelmed with many of the planners, pages get lost and it only works for me for a few weeks and then I go back to this same basic plan!

Our seventh grader is able to work independently and she manages her time well so I only check in with her to be sure she is getting her work done.  She currently does Math, Writing/Grammar, Science, Music and Devotion on her own however History, Geography, Home Economics and some fitness is done as a group.  Those I put at the bottom of the spread sheet.

I also have areas at the bottom for notes for either child or subject.  For example, when I need to purchase a certain book I will write it down here so I can remember it in planning for the next quarter.

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Next a look at our some-times not typical day!

 

 

 

YAE – Our Homeschool

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Welcome to our school – YAHUAH’s Academy of Excellence!

We are a homeschooling family of five children.  Our children are currently in  7th, 5th, 2nd, Kindergarten and PreK.  We are working toward sharing our homeschool experiences, suggestions, curriculum, schedules, joys, sorrows and more with you.  So follow along  as we share this blessing of educating our children at home.