Beginning July 1st…

Yesterday was July 1st, and that means that it was the official beginning of homeschool tracking for Princess Emily. For the next ten years, I will be responsible for logging each hour of her education.

Per the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website…

  • According to Section 167.031 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, a parent or guardian of a child, between the ages of seven (7) and seventeen (17) years of age, shall cause the child to attend regularly some public, private, parochial, parish, home schoolor a combination of such schools.   Any parent may educate a child at home. The parent does not need a teaching certificate or need to meet any education requirements in order to provide home instruction.
  • If a parent decides to home school, he or she must offer 1,000 hours of instruction during the school year, with at least 600 hours in the basics, which will be in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. At least 400 of the 600 hours shall occur in the home location.
  • A completed credit towards high school graduation is defined as 100 hours or more of instruction in a course.  Home school education enforcement and records pursuant to this section, and sections 210.167 and 211.031, RSMo, shall be subject to review only by the local prosecuting attorney.
  • A parent who is home schooling a child must maintain the following records:
  1. A plan book, diary, daily log, or other written record indicating the subjects taught and the activities engaged in with the student;
  2. A portfolio containing samples of the student’s academic work;
  3. A record of evaluation of the student’s academic progress; or
  4. Other written, or credible evidence equivalent to a, b, and c.

“1,000 hours of instruction during the school year, with at least 600 hours in the basics, which will be in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.” – Now this doesn’t have to be broken down into exact sections, but if it were, that would mean that each year, there would need to be at least 120 hours each of reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.

Now when you look at it that way, it doesn’t seem like much. I mean…really…120 hours of reading…in one full year? That’s just 20 minutes a day. For that matter, that’s a total of 100 minutes of basics per day. And yes, I’m figuring that on a 365 day, 7 day a week, basis.

Here’s the thing though…kids learn every minute of every day. It isn’t limited to 8am-2pm, Monday through Friday, only during the school year.


Here was the breakdown of yesterday:

Date Notes Reading & Language
Math Science Social
Art Music Health
& P.E.
Life Skills
Running Totals 0.25 0.25 0.25 0 0 0 0.25 2 0.75
7/1/2013 Fed chickens, discussed what makes food healthy or unhealthy (processed, too much sugar, etc), went grocery shopping, went on cleanings (Emily helped by carrying things and also wiping down a bathtub), discussed goals for homeschool (“I want to study science with Anthony”), read some instructions on the tv box, cleaned the dishes, played with friends 0.25 0.25 0.25 0 0 0 0.25 2 0.75

Pasting this from Excel makes it look weird, but I’m hoping you get the gist of it. I’ll freeze the panes in Excel to always show the top two rows because there will be running totals going there. And obviously in Excel the Notes section is wider.

Estimating time spent isn’t an exact science by any means, but I did what I could and this will now become a daily task to complete at the end of the day.

Our officially official start to homeschooling has begun!

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One Response to Beginning July 1st…

  1. Tom says:

    Cool. You should move to Kansas: there is no tracking required! 🙂 Looks good though.
    I do plan on keeping records though. I have a simple printed spreadsheet I keep in my binder to fill in when we do something “school-related”. I stopped doing it a few months back but plan to start again when Kristin’s pharm school starts in the fall.