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    Default Hours you work with your kid for homeschool?

    I have seen messages about how many hours kids should do homeschool, but I have a question for a parent that has never done homeschool.

    How many hours do you have to actually spend a day with your kid for homeschool? Not that your kid does by himself, but when you are physically working with them? Our son will be going into the 5th grade so stating the grade also would be beneficial.

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    There's no one right answer to this.

    I think many parents find it hard to estimate because we have multiple kids, doing multiple tasks. We end up with confetti time all day but no real sense of how much time specifically was devoted to the kids' homeschool work.

    I will say that for us, the period from the end of 3rd grade to the start of 5th grade was, by far, the most parent intensive in homeschooling. I was hands on with at least one kid pretty much all the time they were doing school. Almost nothing ended up being independent. And then, slowly, my kids became more able to work on their own. This was a bit of a surprise to me - I thought that independence would be a slowly increasing thing from kindergarten on forward. Instead, homeschooling became more time consuming for me at the end of elementary school.

    However, that may not be your experience. I think it will depend very much on your student.

    I will say that IME as a former teacher... most 5th graders are not able to work very well independently for long stretches. They especially are not great at organizing their time and tasks or doing much executive functioning on their own. A few kids absolutely can take two assignments off to their room and do them while you work or run errands. But many students just won't get the second one done. Or will get stuck on something. Or will zone out. Or forget why they have a math book in front of them in the first place. And that's not a failing. It's pretty par for the course.
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    By 5th grade, I had my kids doing, 2 - 4 fairly easy assignments, like copywork or a short worksheet or practicing spelling words or doing a few math problems on their own weekly. But we had been working up to that since 3rd grade. Like the pp said, the average fifth grader is still needing quite a bit of one on one instruction and hand holding.

    Even when they were working independently on something, they still seemed to need me close by at that age even if I wasn't completely focused on them. I might have been working with a sibling or catching up on paperwork or grading a paper but they would still ask me for input on their work or just need someone to talk to while they worked.

    So hours I spent presenting a lesson or reading aloud when they were in fifth grade, probably about 3 - 4 hours I would guess but spread out through the day in 30 - 40 minute increments. Total time per day I spent with them even if I wasn't focused on my fifth grader completely, 5 - 6 hours maybe? Possibly more because that was usually the age they started trying to see if they could put in the least possible effort on their independent work and still get credit, which of course they did not so I would have to spend even more one on one time with them to correct that behavior to prevent it from becoming a habit.

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    I have a 4th grader and this year he has been doing much of his work on his own, by request.

    The day before I prep everything, worksheets, readings, and videos. I have a checklist with everything he needs to do. He completes the work and then I check it later. We work together, during the time I check it, if there were some issues or errors. That time, reviewing his work, might take an hour if there was a lot. Usually it is just a few minutes.

    This is for his core work. We do science experiments, art projects, field trips together.

    I want to mention that this is very new for him. We started this in February and it is going well, so far. Of course some days are better then others. Sometimes he is amazing at organizing his time and getting things done and other days where his mind is somewhere else.

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    We have things configured in an odd way, so it really depends on the day of the week, but I would say 5 hours was about average for us.

    You won't really be able to judge this until you map out your curriculum and you can estimate what requires more direct teaching and guidance. I will also concur that it depends on your child and how self-directed s/he is. If your child surprises you in either direction, you will need to revise your estimate to reflect reality.

    If you work from home, or plan to, it is going to be hard to judge in advance how to fit that in. If there are times like conference calls you will need to block out, you can always assign something like independent reading during that time, and catch up with things at another time that day, or on a different day of the week. If it is urgent for you to get a good estimate in advance, maybe try a test-run school day on a non-work day (holiday or weekend, as a test)

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