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    Question How many hours daily on average?

    Hello. I'm a newbie to the forum. Haven't started homeschooling my granddaughter yet but doing a lot of research. My questions are...
    How many hours per day do you spend actually schooling on average?
    Do you have a set daily schedule?
    Do you assign homework?
    On a typical day, do you go from one subject to another to get it all done, Or do you spread out each subject making the day longer? (Didn't know how to phrase that one).

    I'm sure I will get a huge variety of answers and I appreciate your time.

    More questions to follow.

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    How many hours per day do you spend actually schooling on average?

    We've been homeschooling since kindergarten. My kids are starting 8th grade. This has varied so much that it's hard to answer. In early elementary, an hour, sometimes even less. Nowadays, more like five or six hours, but that includes a break for lunch and we're honestly not that efficient.

    Do you have a set daily schedule?

    Nope. We have never had a set schedule. That works for some people, but not for us. We've done different things over the years to organize our days. We have routines. Again, this varies a lot based on age and the child and parents needs and style. Right now, I put work in my kids' planners and they do it mostly in whatever order they like.

    Do you assign homework?

    No. Not unless you count reading before bed.

    On a typical day, do you go from one subject to another to get it all done, Or do you spread out each subject making the day longer? (Didn't know how to phrase that one).

    Again, this has varied for us. Mostly we just go through it all, with some breaks. However, you'll find that there are a lot of ways to do it and no right way. Some homeschoolers do everything before lunch. Some do a loop schedule. So go based on time (thirty minutes of something and you stop, period) others go by lesson and it takes as long as it takes.
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    Farrars answers are pretty reasonable and typical I think for experienced homeschoolers.... even if its an unhelpful "it varies".
    My 11yo, 6th grade son can usually get all his homeschoolwork done before lunch.(We often start around 8ish, after hes gotten up and had breakfast and played outside with the dog....)
    Days when nothing is going on, thats how it happens. This week, and most weeks, there are other things going on - a dentist appointment, a trip to pick up a great-aunt from the airport, and who knows what else will pop up this week.
    We have done block scheduling, we have done daily scheduling, we have done "get it all done in a week I dont care how", and it stays flexible and working for the most part.
    One thing to consider isthat youre not recreating "school at home".... youre helping her to learn the information that she would get as a part of her education.
    Think about how you learn something new.... the same approach wont work for everything.
    Some things you can do a lesson a day, and thats about all anyone has interest or enthusiasm for. Other things, that lesson block could last half a day.
    When we were doing a very hands-on science (RSO by Pandia Press), my favorite thing to do was have it as our subject for the whole week, and go through an entire unit that would otherwise take a month. Some people might do science for half the year at double speed, and social studies for the other half, also at double speed.
    At the end of the day (or schoolyear), everything still gets done.

    Are you tied to a fixed schedule yourself, like a job away from home? If you are, I think your time might need to be more regimented just for sanity.

    I use what I gauge to be a week's worth of work, and have no problem getting it done on the weekend if its not finished Friday afternoon. Or pushing a topic until the next week... it just depends on how much educational quality time we had.

    Homework? Not so much. DS works out his math problems immediately after I go over the lesson wih him. He will type out writing projects on his own, although there is a strange inverse correlation between distance apart and amount of work that gets done.

    Keep asking questions!
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    I have 5 and 7 year old boys. They love science. My 7yo is a very strong reader already. We do morning time with poetry, memory work for the 7yo, music and art appreciation, and character/values education each morning...depending on what we do that specific day, that can take between 20-45 minutes. Then we do history/geography together, which can take around 30-45 minutes. They both do HWT as my 7yo has dysgraphia, so still needs the practice, but it usually takes less than 10 minutes. They enjoy coloring the pictures in their workbook after, so that can add a bit of time...given that writing has been a struggle for my older one, I want to encourage any enjoyment he has around it! He tends to color longer where my little one tends to run off to play. After that I do phonics/reading with the younger one, which usually takes about 15-20 minutes, then math with my older one for about 30 minutes. If it's lunchtime, we'll break for lunch and I read literature or supplemental stories to them while they eat (we're using an around the world curriculum right now so this is a good time to get in all the fun multicultural storybooks). If they need a break after lunch, we play, otherwise my younger son does math for 10-20 minutes and my older son does his language arts/copywork which takes about 15-20 minutes. We do nature study once a week in the afternoons and science together twice a week. That can take an hour or more but they would do science experiments all day every day if they could. The time periods can be longer if there's dawdling or silliness, but I'm giving you what is actually spent in engaged instruction. I would say that for his core daily subjects and morning time, my kinder spends less than 2 hours, although that's spread out. And my 2nd grader spends a bit more, maybe 2.5? Again that might be stretched by dilly dallying and it's spread out. We also work on other projects throughout the day like an animal report or a story inspired by a story we read, but that's more interest based and hard to quantify, and not every day. The nature study and related science is about 2 hours a week and general science/experiments is about 3-4 hours a week. With multiple younger kids, especially if you are doing separate instruction, your day may be quite busy and longer than it feels like it should be simply because you have to stagger the instruction. I know it will get easier as they start to work more independently on things that they need to do separately. We have lots of time for fun, trips to the park and library, and just free play and reading. Your goals, the age of your kids and age differences if you have more than one, and their similarities in interests and learning styles will all contribute to how long you need to spend "doing school". I could say my kinder does less than 2 hours a day of his daily work, but it's not like we're done an hour and a half after we start, because it's staggered with his brother, both to accommodate his highly active 5 year old-ness, and just because I need to instruct his brother as well. Fortunately they're close in age and pretty much identical in interests so we can combine things like science and history and art. Oh yeah, we do art once or twice a week. That can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on how involved the project is. I use artistic pursuits and deep space sparkle...we sometimes do projects from the AP curriculum and sometimes do projects that tie in to our other curriculum. We were just studying France and read Linnea in Monet's Garden and learned quite a bit about Monet and the other impressionist painters, so we did a watercolor project of Monet's Japanese bridge and waterlilies. We are now studying Africa and several countries there and I'm planning to do several African inspired art projects from DSS. Hope this helps, this community has been so helpful to me in finding my footing.

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    I agree with the caution of not replicating school at home.

    You got earlier advice to check what the local 6th grade course of study would be. Also look into State of Texas standards for that too as well as the World Book course of study or What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know. You can use these as your guides, your training wheels as it were. They should at least give you the idea that kids are writing lots more at this age, and are beginning to synthesize their material and make conclusions on their own.

    We're probably on the more structured end of homeschooling here because both my husband and I work (from home, me part-time and he full-time, but we both have 40-50 hour a week jobs). Our daughter works at school right along with us. Alexsmom mentioned "block scheduling" and that is more or less what we do here: instead of doing all 7 classes a day for 50 minutes or so, we break up our week where certain days are History and some are Science. Every day, though, she studies math and language arts. Hubs does science with her on Mondays and Fridays and I do history and civics with her Tu/We/Th. There is no homework. She gets the work done however long it takes her. If she completes things quickly, there is always another video on the subject to watch or her own reading or drawing to do.

    This year, as an 8th grader, our daughter has her first online class (live teacher/live classroom; homework and extra reading and a chat room for the students). It has been great for her to have another teacher with certain expectations. (It's a beginning Latin class.) Otherwise she has some community ed classes geared toward homeschoolers in the fields of nature/environment, art (drawing this semester), and an interesting class called Syrup to Cider (maple syrup to apple cider that is; it's a how-to class on food growing/preserving). It started last spring and runs through this November. We've used the community classes for things like swimming, phys ed, dance, music too.

    6th grade = middle school in most places. A mighty fine time to start homeschooling a girl, I would think! Yuck. Middle school.

    Good luck with your research. Really, homeschooling is a commitment but it's not a burdensome one once you get started.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    How many hours per day do you spend schooling?
    It varies as to what is going on for the week. Right now, it seems like our school day starts around 8 and ends around 2. That includes lunch and a lunch time documentary. Our start time will probably get later as fall / winter set in. DS will then do math in the evening with DH for about an hour. Sometimes we play catch up on Sundays, or we'll do science on the weekends because it is just too busy during the week. Sometimes my kids work longer so that they can have Friday off.

    Set schedule?
    Schedule, no. Rhythm, yes. We still have a morning time together, which includes a book I read aloud to them, CNN student news and some sort of topic study (like Latin). Then they are off with their assignments (which include the traditional school topics for the most part) and I go between them helping as needed. We meet back up for lunch and an educational show. Then on their own again. Sometimes they work on assignments in the evening after swim practice / dinner. They get 2 hours of screens a day that they can have anytime after our morning time, both usually wait for the afternoon, but sometimes not.

    Not really. They get an assignment notebook at the start of the week. Everything needs to be done by Friday. So if someone feels like cranking out writing one day, but the thought of math sounds awful, they can do that. They pick how they manage / budget their time - with prompts from me

    How do you get it all done?
    For the most part, we have a main part to our school day with little breaks.
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    How many hours per day do you spend actually schooling on average?
    That depends on what you consider schooling. We spend lots of time on art projects and science experiments. Those frequently take hours. We play games, many of which are related to learning. My 9yo spends lots of time watching science videos. If you are talking about mom mandated, actual seat work, less than an hour a day, 4-5 days a week. I am not including our family reading time, audio books, games, videos.

    Do you have a set daily schedule?
    Kind of. We have a morning and evening routine. The middle is very fuzzy and changes with the seasons. Any schedule we have is to find a balance about his wants/needs and our needs as parents. If there are special activities, I will prioritize those and catch up on school work later.

    Do you assign homework?
    Nope. There really isn't any point.

    On a typical day, do you go from one subject to another to get it all done, Or do you spread out each subject making the day longer? (Didn't know how to phrase that one).
    I have a few things we lump together and then there are things we spread apart. I try not to have the view of let's get this done so we can get on to the fun stuff. (Though I have to admit, there are times.)

    The one thing about homeschooling that I have come to discover, is that everything is a learning experience. We want to learn about history, we go out into our community and go to museums and see historical sites. We watch documentaries, read historical novels and factual books, do art & science projects related to the topic. Traditional schooling is efficient for teaching a large number of students at once, it is not for those who are customizing their education. So when people ask how much time we spend, the answer is always, "it depends".
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    If you can find it at your library, "Homeschooling: A Patch Work of Days" by Nancy Lande will give you a good idea of how different homeschoolers structure their days.

    Some other books that might help you understand what you might be jumping into if you decide to homeschool:

    Homeschooling: The Middle Years by Sheri Henry

    Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen

    Anything else your library has on hand should be fine as well, they likely have a whole section on homeschooling, most larger libraries do.

    Now to answer your questions...

    How many hours per day do you spend actually schooling on average?

    For sixth grade, my kids had about 3 - 4 hours worth of work to complete a day. That is to say, without dawdling, the work should have taken them about that much time, but they probably only needed me for 2 - 3 hours of it. Middle school age is when I expected them to start doing some work on their own.

    Do you have a set daily schedule?

    This is a tough one for me to answer. We didn't have a schedule so much as a routine. We usually did things in a certain order each day because I was schooling 4 kids and had a toddler at the time so there was only so much of me to go around so for the parts that they needed me to go through it with them, we had a daily rotation and they had other assignments or chores to do while I was working with someone else. When my kids were in middle school and junior high especially, they would have to wait and make an appointment with me for the afternoon (when the youngers were napping) to have me help them. This system worked well for us because it taught them to prioritize and self direct their work in small increments.

    Do you assign homework?

    Typical homework like a teacher in school assigns? No. But they did have assignments they were expected to complete on their own as much as possible by the time they were your grand daughter's age.

    On a typical day, do you go from one subject to another to get it all done, Or do you spread out each subject making the day longer? (Didn't know how to phrase that one).

    We would knock out most of our one-on-one subjects in the morning because we had other things to do in the afternoon and evening like sports and music lessons. My middle schoolers had some autonomy regarding how and when the rest of it got done so long as it was done by the deadline for it. I would typically give them their list of independent assignments for the week on Monday and they had until Friday to get them done. If they were not done by Friday evening, they lost all their privileges for the weekend and had to spend the weekend getting it done.

    Now, I only have one 4 almost 5 year old at home to homeschool, so it's a little different. We are a lot less structured and we don't do much on set schedule. Partly because he's still so young and also because I don't have a whole herd of kids at home during the day any more. It isn't as crucial for us to have a strict routine any more because I'm not being pulled in quite so many directions any more since my oldest children are in public school or already graduated.

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    Answers based on experience with my 9 y/o Grade 4 DD. Honestly, it took us a good 3 years now to arrive at an approach that works for us. It's a constant experiment in optimization. Q: What works? A: Whatever approach keeps dear daughter curious, growing, and excited to learn. And it has evolved over time.

    How many hours per day do you spend actually schooling on average?

    I suppose it depends partly on what you count as schooling. We count music which is about 2 hrs a day, so it amounts to about 5-6 hours/day.

    Do you have a set daily schedule?

    We do have a schedule but it varies from day-to-day. We don't do everything every day. Some things, e.g. foreign language need a certain continuity so that's daily. Math is daily. Everything else varies somewhat. I plan out a week at a time. Or sometimes 2-3 days at a time if things are in flux. I thought we would do better without a schedule, but that's not the way DD operates. She loves seeing the day at a glance and having organization to the day. YMMV.

    Do you assign homework?

    We have longitudinal assignments that span days. It's up to her to budget time. However. she constantly asks for homework. Mostly at this point, she has a few daily recurrent items that she does independently after hours.

    On a typical day, do you go from one subject to another...

    Basically, yes.

    Good luck.
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    My homeschooled kids are 7 and 10.

    How many hours per day do you spend actually schooling on average?

    3 to 4 hours but closer to 3 and that's with many interruptions from their 3 year old sister.

    Do you have a set daily schedule?

    Yes. I start at 9 with my oldest. When he is done his bookwork we stop for lunch. They all go outside to play while I'm making lunch. After we eat, it's my 7 year old's turn. When she is done her work, I call my 10 year old over so we can all do history. We are doing Build Your Library's Prehistory Unit. By now it's about 2pm. After all lessons are done it's back outside to play for a bit.

    Do you assign homework?

    No. We homeschool so all work is home work. But no after hours work assigned by me.

    On a typical day, do you go from one subject to another to get it all done, Or do you spread out each subject making the day longer? (Didn't know how to phrase that one).

    We do go from one subject to the next with the exception of history as I explained above. We don't do every subject every day though. Only things done on a daily basis are math, reading, grammar (and spelling for my 7 year old since she's just learning to read).

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