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How many hours (or however) are you homeschooling? Do you do it year round? Weekends?
Just trying to figure out what will work for us. I'm really wanting to homeschool but DH isn't that into it yet. He thinks they need to go to school to be social. Um, I was a social outcast, school did nothing for me but make me miserable and if he would think on it, so was he.
I'm going to try and find homeschool parents in my area for the social part of life and there is always church.
My daughter is 5 and we do about 3 hours a day on average... Not including music and extra curriculars. We do school year around and take breaks on an as-needed basis.
Homeschool hasn't effected my daughter's social life in the least. She is a total social butterfly and makes friends so easily! I think the cool thing about her is that she is exposed to so many different age groups on a regular basisand she gets along great with more than just other 5 year old (which can be typical for many public school kids). So yeah.... Just because you homeschool, it doesn't mean that your child is isolated. I read somewhere that homeschool helps develope more socially well rounded people who excel in the business world because of their social skills since these kids are accustomed to talking to people on many different levels from themselves.
Mine's 4. We're starting 2nd grade. We usually do about 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, year-round. Some days (like for science) we'll do more than 30 minutes. We also take breaks throughout the year ... like, a week for thanksgiving, 2 weeks for xmas, couple of weeks for summer camp, etc.
Socialization isn't an issue unless you're the type that lives in the middle of no where and makes no effort to see other people. Actually, studies show that homeschooled children are better socialized than PS children, because they're able to interact with a variety of people rather than just the kids in their own class. Besides, kids at PS don't "socialize" much either. They're not allowed to talk during class (unless doing a group project... which doesn't happen in the early grades), and they're usually not allowed to talk during lunch. Some places have recess, but most don't, especially after about 3-4 grade.
I have 3 I am schooling so our day tends to be a touch longer than some. the 3rd grader has about 2.5-3 hours of seatwork on a full day ( we do 3 full days and 2 half days a week), the 1st grader about an hour to 90 min and my youngest who does a VERY loose K about 20-30 mins a day..now because there are 3 this time can take up to 5 hours of the day to get with breaks and lunch..
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
I do school 3 or 4 days a week for 15-30 minutes a day with my little one. Although she's doing mostly 1st grade work, she's still preschool age and we don't really have a set schedule for that reason. Some days we'll spend a little longer, like when she wants to do 20 pages of math (she loves math!). Some days she just wants to play outside all day, and that's fine, too. Of course she's always learning, though, and we take advantage of teachable moments and she'll often come to me with a topic she wants to know more about. When that happens, we'll spend a great deal of time on it because the interest is there.
We'll do it on the weekends or over the summer/breaks whenever she asks, and since my oldest wants to try homeschooling over the summer, I'm sure the little one will want to be in on it.
Last edited by AmAnDaMo; March 15th, 2010 at 01:39 PM.
We homeschool about 4-5 days a week depending on medical appointments or other activities. Generally for my preschooler we spend about 30-40 minutes a day and with my older son we spend about 3 hours with breaks.
On some days we do our Nature studies so we spend more time on homeschooling.
Sandra. Wife to Timothy and Homeschool mom to Michael and Matthew
Married for 14+ years to the love of my life. Currently TTCing.
When I was doing high school I spent between 4 and 8 hours a day on school work, depending on the work load I had at the time.
In the 'middle school' period I spent between 3 and 6 hours.
In 3rd-4th grades I rarely spent more than 3-4 hours.
In 1st-2nd grades I spent about 1-2 hours.
In Kindergarten I don't believe I spent more than 30 mins.
I believe I heard a while back that an average of 30 mins per grade (starting in K, so 30mins in K, 1hr in 1st, 1.5 hr in 2nd, etc.) was to be anticipated for seat work/worksheet things, and everything else a lot of people don't even really count, lol. It just kind of happens through the day. It does depend on the number of worksheets and the child's motivation and such, but from what I have seen the seated time does tend to work along that guideline in most cases...
I homeschool 2 kids. The length of time really varies on the subjects for that day and the motivation of the kids...
My 2nd grader is usually finished in 2-3 hours. My 4th grader is around 3-4 hours.
I usually do 5 days a week, but there are some weeks we do 4 days for field trips or just busy that day..... I give them a 2 week break for Christmas but we do school all of the other "school vacation days"... We start in August and finish in April....
We have field trips once a month with our homeschool group at church so my kids get plenty of social times.
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)