are required to teach 180 days of school by
Oklahoma law; however, they have a lot of freedom in
deciding when to teach required subjects and how much
time to devote to them. Parents are not required to
teach every subject every day or to teach a particular
number of hours per day.
parents teach two major subjects per day (ie. history
and language one day, science and math another day).
They spend larger amounts of time on those two subjects
and cover in one day what would normally be covered in
two or three days. Some
parents teach history for one-half year and science the
a child has mastered his basic reading, writing, and
math skills; however, it is important to do a little
of each every day, even if for only 10 - 15 minutes per
day. An average homeschool day includes 1/2 hr to 1 hour
of one-on-one teaching for preschool or kindergarten,
1 to 2 hours for 1st through 4th, and 2 to 3 hours for
5th and up. During the remainder of the day, the child
(depending on the age) is assigned reading, writing,
or studies on their own, participates in field trips,
or works on extracurricular classes or activities. Schedule
your day according to what works for your family.
required in Oklahoma, I
recommend keeping track of your 180 days in a log
book. Most record/log books are geared toward
a traditional classroom and have predetermined blocks
of time allowed for each subject each day. Instead, I
suggest using a record book that leaves out the subject
headings, allowing you to write only what you need each
day. Draw vertical lines to add a second or third child.
Be sure to write down all extra-curricular activities,
volunteer opportunities, work experiences, and field
trips. I highly recommend the Lesson
Plan Book or the Teacher
Plan Book (ISBN 1576900932) pictured above.
The Teacher Plan Book is more expensive but has a
lot more room. You could easily keep track of six
kids in this one.