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please help!!

Postby ashley8324 » Thu May 07, 2009 2:57 pm

hi, my daughter is in 6th grade and when we start our homeschooling, she gets done with her work too fast. it only takes her an hour to do all the work. what should I do?

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Postby mschickie » Thu May 07, 2009 6:37 pm

What are you using for curriculum, maybe it is not challenging enough for her? You can also add some elective classes that she could do, art,music, foreign language (or two). Is she required to do reading for English? If not maybe you can have her do some novel studies. You could also have her do two sections a day of some of the things you are working with. Remember in homeschooling you can go at their level and pace, just because she is supposed to be in 6th grade it does not mean you can not use advanced curriculum.

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Postby ncmom » Thu May 07, 2009 8:11 pm

It only takes my kids a couple of hours to finish two and I have a 9th and 5th grader. When my kids are done I let them go outside or play inside and just be kids. My thought is if they are done for the day why should they have to do more work? Just my opinion though.

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Postby ashley8324 » Thu May 07, 2009 8:49 pm

ncmom wrote:It only takes my kids a couple of hours to finish two and I have a 9th and 5th grader. When my kids are done I let them go outside or play inside and just be kids. My thought is if they are done for the day why should they have to do more work? Just my opinion though.


ok but when you get your evaluation done for your children, do they say that they have to do more work?

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Postby Lily » Fri May 08, 2009 1:33 am

Go deeper. Add in science projects, recalculate recipes, give her a chance to write stories or figure out what she's interested in. Go on nature walks with a sketchbook and pocket microscope. Volunteer. Build. Write stories together.

Don't do your daughter the disservice of defining education as bookwork. You have the whole world at your fingertips - take advantage of it. You have the time! Give her time to develop interests and figure out what careers she wants to explore. Let her see that what she does now can affect her later. Give her the means to take responsibility for her education and control her destiny.

Here's a video we made of this year - 4th Grade. I would be hard pressed to say he only works an hour a day, though that might be what he spends with a textbook.
"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."
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Postby 4given » Fri May 08, 2009 4:49 am

Lily... I thoroughly enjoyed your video. Thanks for sharing it. You have a beautiful, precious family!

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Postby Jill » Fri May 08, 2009 6:22 am

I loved the video too! Thanks for sharing! :)
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Postby mschickie » Fri May 08, 2009 6:53 am

It depends on the State as to the hour requirement. Some do it by days some by hours. If your State is by hours and your do not want to increase or add to the work load you can plan some fun/educational activities (museum, zoo, volunteering....) to increase your hours. I know in NY we have to do 900 for elementary and 990 for secondary. We can include any lessons, some Church activities (choir, religious education,...), field trips, educational films or television.

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Postby ncmom » Sun May 10, 2009 10:29 pm

ashley8324 wrote:
ncmom wrote:It only takes my kids a couple of hours to finish too and I have a 9th and 5th grader. When my kids are done I let them go outside or play inside and just be kids. My thought is if they are done for the day why should they have to do more work? Just my opinion though.


ok but when you get your evaluation done for your children, do they say that they have to do more work?


HMMMM, fortunately I live in a state that only requires that I give them their lessons and I have to give them a yearly standardized test to keep in my records. I don't have to do an evaluation and the state really doesn't care how long we do our lessons. I wish I could be more help. Sorry!


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