We are having these "short days" for two reasons. One is we don't want to have them only do school 2 days a week when Paul has his long weeks home. We think it's important to stay focused and on task and that is hard if you're only working two days! Second is the boys really want to get ahead in math. If they continue a simple laid back schedule of 1-2 pages a day but do it everyday but Sunday they have the potential of pulling ahead a grade each year they do that. I also have them continuing to read and that will have them pulling ahead too. Not that being ahead is a huge deal but they are all a little behind in math for all different reasons (we were just late ordering books for one, one struggled and we held them back and the other we just let him take it at his pace... which was slow by choice!). With reading one is flying and needs a challenge, one is a book worm... and needs a challenge and one has just had the reading "light bulb" click. They really got it finally and want to encourage that with great books!
This year, like last year, is an experiment. We'll see what we think at the end of the year and then decide where we go from there. We actually liked our schedule last year a lot but it was hard to spend time with Daddy on his days home. I guess this is just another reason homeschooling is a good option for us, we can roll with schedules and learning styles and make it work!
How are you making it work? Are you following other people's ideas of the "right" way? What is YOUR way??