When you think back to your school days, how long were they?
In public school, my days were close to 8 hours. I also had a couple of hours of homework at night and on the weekends. Of course, the school day at home can and should be shorter! But, what should our expectations be for a homeschool child?
Are your expectations realistic as to how long your school day should be?
Sometimes in our quest for the “shorter day,” we forget that school is meant to be a big part of our child’s day. It is meant to be very important! This means school is not something to “get over with,” so we can get on with our day. Instead, much of our day should be focused upon school.
Is school a priority at your house?
As your child’s teacher, teaching should be a priority and a focal point of your day. It is easy for meals, laundry, cleaning, and caring for little ones to become the focal point of the day. While these are all very important, school needs to be a priority. Molding your day around school takes a different mindset than molding school around your day. Plan for meals, laundry, cleaning, and caring for little ones in a way that doesn’t derail your school day.
How can you make school a priority?
Strive for 30 minute chunks of time to work with individual children. Then, take a brief 5- 10 minute break to move your other needed tasks along. Wait to do grocery shopping, baking, extensive meal preparation, and longer tasks until the afternoon. Strive not to answer the telephone, the doorbell, emails, or texts during school time unless absolutely necessary. Dock your devices and focus on school. Make the time until lunch very productive school-wise. Do your main teaching up until lunch. Then, after lunch finish up whatever remains. Save more independent subjects for students to do after lunch. Don’t drag school out all day. Make it a priority and finish in a timely fashion. Then, move on to your other tasks.
How much time does each guide take?
Little Hands to Heaven = 30 minutes a day (5 days a week)
Little Hearts for His Glory = 90 minutes a day (5 days a week)
Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory = 2 – 2 1/2 hours a day (5 days a week)
Bigger Hearts for His Glory = 3 – 3 1/2 hours a day (5 days a week)
Preparing Hearts for His Glory = 4 hours a day (4 days a week)
Creation to Christ = 4 – 4 1/2 hours a day (4 days a week)
Resurrection to Reformation = 4 – 4 1/2 hours a day (4 days a week)
Revival to Revolution = 4 1/2 hours a day (4 days a week)
Missions to Modern Marvels = 4 1/2 – 5 hours a day (4 days a week)
High School: World Geography = 6 1/2 hours a day (4 days a week)
High School: World History = 7 hours a day (4 days a week)
High School: U.S. History I = 6 1/2 – 7 hours a day (4 days a week)
High School: U.S. History II = 6-7 hours a day (4 days a week)
Note: In the guides from Preparing Hearts on up, an increasing portion of the day is independent. To be effective, work done independently will still need to be monitored and checked.