Courtney - It's hard for me know how much time I dedicate a day to homeschooling. We spread it out through the whole day, starting when we get around to it and taking breaks whenever we need to. And there is SO much learning going on as we live our lives. You know "Mommy, can you teach me to fry an egg?" and "Mommy, what does Universal Health Care mean?" (true story) There is no way I can put a time on every day teachable moments.
BUT if I were to estimate actual sit down learning and reading, etc. then I would say it's maybe three or four hours spread throughout the day, put into very reasonable 15 or 20 minute chunks. We spend the most time on history and science since that is the subject we like the most :) My girls would spend all day on a science project if I let them :)
Samurai Mom - We homeschool all the time, there isn't really a time when we are doing school and when we don't however, I do try to keep the mornings free of errands, visitors, and my special projects so we can focus on doing things as a family without distractions.
Tristan - We have official homeschool hours between breakfast and lunch, with about 45 minutes of that a break for chores and snacktime. If the kids finish what they're working on while I'm busy with another child they are free to play. So we're actively homeschooling about 3 hours a day for 5 kids. Of that time, only an hour at most is seatwork, which we break up in sections. The learning often spills over into the rest of the day, which is great, especially reading aloud a good book, playing games, or creating things.
Dana – We try to get the majority of our studies (Gospel,Reading, Writing, Math) and chores done in the morning before lunch. Our afternoons are spent on life learning which is less structured like baking, cooking, reading aloud, and projects of interest. We like to play outside, meet with our homeschool group and visit the library. Some days we do a project for Science or Art in the afternoon when the children can spend as much time on it as they wish. In addition we can be found at any time of the day immersed in our History read-aloud. It’s hard to say an exact amount of time because we have a learning lifestyle. We are learning something all the time.
Jaime - Here in Alberta we have slightly different requirements (as far as I can see) then you in the US...so I don't know how useful my input is. :)
We school for an average of (actual sit down and work at the Alberta Education Guidelines) 4 hours per day, Monday to Thursday. Only accounting for the hours of actual sit down and learn school, it is pretty short. (especially considering we take Fridays off, have all of December off, and we are done by May...) Of course as parents know, our "job" is to teach our children, so frankly I would extend that "teaching time" or homeschooling time to the waking hours of my children. I believe that homeschooling is not just school in the home...but a way of life.
So how much time do you spend homeschooling?
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