What do I need to Fun-School besides journals?
Some- especially math and spelling- are open and go with nothing other than writing and coloring utensils needed. Others need library books, podcasts/documentaries, music, and other research materials. You can include games, craft projects, and other activities on the subject(s) your child is studying if you’d like but they’re not required to Fun-School.
How many pages per day should students complete?
We suggest the same number of pages per day as your child’s age. For example, a 10-year-old would complete 10 pages per day in a core journal. Or they might complete 2 pages in a math journal, 2 pages of spelling, 2 pages of nature study, 2 pages history, and 2 pages Bible. A page is one single side of paper, not both sides.
What should I do if there isn’t a journal for what my student wants to study?
While many of our journals are themed, we have dozens of journals that can be used to study anything. The seasonal core journals are especially popular, any core journal can be used along with books and documentaries/podcasts on the subject your child wants to study. Master Class- 30 Day Portfolio is another option to study anything your child wants.
What are Learning Languages?
Learning Languages are five unique learning styles. Think of these as like The Five Love Languages. The Languages are Creator, Detective, Explorer, Friend, and Follower. You’ll find more info here. These can be helpful in selecting journals and troubleshooting issues in your homeschool.
What are Dyslexia Games?
Dyslexia Games is our one-of-a-kind Language Arts curriculum. It’s excellent for all students as it helps build problem-solving, creative thinking, right/left brain integration and more. Children with Dyslexia, Aspergers, ADHD/ADD and Autism especially benefit.
You can find more information in this document.
Can you help me with record keeping and compliance?
Laws vary by state/country as to what records and subjects are required. We are happy to offer suggestions, you need to verify they are compliant with your local laws. Many families choose to use the 10 Subject Portfolio or the 12 Subject Portfolio for record-keeping. The HSLDA is a great source for homeschool compliance information by state.
What about High School Credits?
We have a comprehensive guide to Fun-Schooling High School here.
Can I purchase materials with charter funds?
Yes! Most charter schools allow you to use your charter school funds for Fun-Schooling materials. Find more information here. We also put together the bundles with Charter Schools in mind.
How do I schedule a school day with these materials?
We are happy to help you with a plan and offer suggestions. Our bundles come with a suggested lesson plan for your schedule. PM us here or email us here for help. You’ll find lots of sample schedules by searching for “schedule” or “scheduling” here in the group.
Some families use only a core journal while others use multiple journals per day. The beauty of Fun-Schooling is you can adapt to what works best for your family! There are thousands of Fun-Schoolers and no two families have the same schedule.
Here are a few popular options for scheduling but you can truly do whatever works best for your family-
(This mentions loop scheduling. In case you’re not familiar with a loop schedule- stack up all your “loop” journals up. Whatever is on the top is what you start with. No need to assign certain journals to certain days or worry about a specific schedule. When you’re done w/ the journal for the day, it goes on the bottom of the pile.)
Option 1-Pure loop- Stick everything in a pile- including the core journal. Let your child decide how many pages to complete in each journal as they work their way through the loop. Some days they may decide to do all pages in one journal. On other days they may decide to do a few pages from each journal. This is the most child-led and relaxed method.
Option 2- Half pages per day from a core journal. Half pages per day from 2-4 loop journals.
Option 3- Rotate core day/ single subject journals day. For example, Monday they would do all pages/day in her core. Tuesday would be 2+ single subject journals. Wednesday would be all pages in the core again. Etc.
Option 4- Half pages from a core journal, and the rest of the pages from only one single subject journal. Stick with this single subject journal until it is done and move on to a new one once it’s done.
You can also look at our bundles – they all have suggested lesson plans in the bundle description. Look at the bundle that’s closest to your child’s grade level and you can plan in the same way as our lesson plan with the journals that you already have. https://www.funschooling.com/all-curriculum-bundles