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June 20th, 2011, 04:01 PM
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I don't think we have anyone here from KY, but here's what the law has to say there: As states go, KY is fairly easy.

The nice thing about starting so early is that it'll be easier to get your ducks in a row. It's really easy to homeschool the younger ones in the sense of time. You can figure on it taking appx 30 minutes per grade level to homeschool (give or take). That means you'd expect a K-1st grader to spend about 30 minutes on basic reading, writing, and math, but you'd expect a senior in high school to spend 6 hours doing research papers, college or career prep, higher level science & math, and things like that. Saying that a K'er only spends about 30 minutes on school means that you'll spend about 5-15 minutes each on instruction of reading, writing, and math. That doesn't mean they don't learn the rest of the day, though. There's still plenty of time for cuddling up with a good book (reading, science, history, geography, etc.), helping with cooking (math, reading, science, and health skills), playing with games and puzzles (math, reading, problem solving, motor skill development), playing outside (physical education, social education, problem solving), and things like that. There really isn't a whole lot of down time when kids are allowed to follow their own passions rather than sitting in a desk waiting for others to catch up or waiting for the teacher to help them understand something the class has already learned.

You'll find yourself overwhelmed at times. I'm not going to lie. You'll pull your hair out and wonder why the heck you chose this path, but it's well worth it in the long run. You'll get into a groove, figure out when to divide your time between your kids and when to combine lessons on a multi-level format. You'll find local groups to get involved with, too. Online forums are great, but local support and friendships are wonderful, too!

You're going to have a million questions. Feel free to ask them all, no matter how silly you think they are. If you don't know the answer, ask!
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