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Even though we live in a relatively easygoing state for homeschoolers, I will need to be prepared to discuss our educational activities with someone from the school district twice a year, and show a portfolio of my children's work.

Now that I'm aware of these requirements, I find myself thinking about how things we do now might be noted in the future as aspects of our educational program.

For example, some of today's activities surrounding our trip to the farm:

Science -- life cycle of chickens, production and processing of milk, crop rotation (we saw chicks hatch, cows being milked, discussed pasteurization, noted that a field which had been planted with corn last year was lying fallow and discussed this)

Language Arts -- storytelling, copywork (Erika had me write down some of her experiences at the farm, then copied what I wrote)

Art -- drawing, photography (Erika took photographs at the farm, and drew pictures afterwards)

From the background of a person who went to school, it seems almost like cheating that ordinary parts of life can wind up counting as "school".

Of course, from a homeschooling perspective, that's part of the point -- for kids to see that learning is part of everything we do, not segregated off into the part of life we call "school."

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