…Just stop whenever you’re done

When we started homeschooling seven years ago, I had to sign and get notarized an affidavit of intent to homeschool, in which I committed to educate my children in basic school subjects, in accordance with Arizona law.  I know that one of the requirements listed, to which I agreed, was to school for 35 weeks every year.

I’m suffering a bit of burnout, and wanted to wrap up school at the end of May, which would constitute only 32 or 33 weeks of school since last August, depending on how I count sick days.

Maybe it’s not homeschooling burnout, per se.  It’s more like there are a ton of other things that need my time and attention that I simply can’t get done during the homeschooling school year, and I just want to be DONE so I can do other projects.

So, even though NO ONE EVER checks up on homeschooled students, just for my conscience’s sake, I thought I’d see about getting some sort of permission to stop early.  So, I combed through the county’s official homeschooling website, and could not find even one mention about 35 weeks, or any other kind of time requirement.  Hm.  I then phoned in to the “home school liaison,” leaving my question on her voice mail.  She promptly called me back to let me know that there are no, “hourly, daily, or weekly requirements.  You can just stop when you feel like you’re done for the year.”

Wow.

Part of me feels relieved about that, and part of me feels weird.  It seems like there should be a tad more oversight.  I guess I should just appreciate the freedom.

On a related subject, the homeschooling page has a “suggestion box.”  I just submitted a suggestion that I thought it would be fabulous if there was a lending “library” for homeschooling families for various supplies like microscopes and other science lab supplies, and for occupational therapy equipment, etc.  In other words, a lending system for durable goods that are often too expensive for individual families to purchase.  About 5% of the children in my county are homeschooled, so I bet there would be a huge demand for something like that.

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About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on May 6, 2009, in Arizona, Homeschooling. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That’s nice that they let you stop when you’re done. That’s good schooling [smile]. Time requirements are not the point. Learning is. Enjoy the freedom!

    ~Luke

  2. I agree with Luke. I don’t understand the hourly and weekly requirements – if you finish a grade of school in less than that time it shouldn’t matter. I think our state says 175 or 180 days of school but we don’t have to report to anyone for anything so I’m not sure why they even say that. I used to count days and make sure we got them all in but when we started finishing books before the days were up I didn’t worry about it. I always hear that public schools don’t even make it through their whole textbook and if we are, aren’t we getting more accomplished anyway? 🙂

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