There are times in our homeschooling year when I start to feel a little guilty for not doing more 'sit down-pencil to paper' work. When we have visitors to distract us....or when I'm feeling ill (there's no substitute teacher here).....or when we have company AND I'm sick. But I need to remember to keep it all in perspective.
The schools in our province have 194 mandated instructional days per year. The school days are 6.5 hours long. That's 1261 hours per year. Of course, not all of those hours are spent on core academics. We can assume an hour each day is recess/lunch (-194hours). And that at least 15 minutes is spent getting settled in the a.m. and getting ready to leave in the afternoon (-97hours). I conservatively estimate that about 30 minutes is lost each day to moving around the school (-97hours). This province requires a minimum of 20 minutes a day of vigorous physical activity and we have to factor in time to get to the gym! (-97hours). There's also the prep. time for the class concerts at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the end of the year.....let's assign four hours to prepare for each concert (-12hours). There's assemblies and pizza days and pyjama days and craft days.......(-10hours??). And naturally there are those days the teacher is away and someone is filling in, those are rarely productive, maybe three of those a year? (-19hours). Don't forget the 'get to know you days' at the beginning of the school year (-18hours). And those 'almost the end of the year' days...that last week is pretty not academic (-30hours).
You see where I'm going with this??
Perspective. I need to relax and enjoy the pre-Christmas fun.