How Long Is a Homeschool Day?

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This year I have kids in 3rd grade, 1st grade, and Kindergarten. I also have a preschooler and a toddler who keep my day interesting.

Many people have asked me how long it takes me to complete a school day.

Well, it varies by the day. For example, a potty accident adds an additional 30 minutes to our day. Art project clean up adds at least 30 minutes and a multiple tantrum morning prolongs school by an hour. So, there’s not a clear-cut answer to the question. But I’ll do my best to estimate how long it takes me to do school with each of my kids.

Keep in mind that I rarely do projects at this point.

Why? Toddler and prescchooler, that’s why! I also try to keep things fairly simple and straightforward for most of our subjects. I also try to combine science and history with at least my two oldest kids when I can.

Let’s start with my little Kindergartener child. Her school with me takes about an hour with an additional 20 minutes for read aloud time.

  • During this time I read a Bible story, a short science picture book, and we work through a logic workbook together. Then I do a math lesson and a reading lesson. She reads to me and I read to her.
  • She usually has about 20 minutes of independent work as she completes a math page.

For my 1st grade boy, we spend about 1 1/2 hours on school (sometimes 2 hours) and then I read to him for an additional 30 minutes or more.

  • In our school time I read poetry and we do a page in a grammar and geography workbook. He reads to me from a reader and then we do a grammar lesson and a writing lesson. Then he does a short copywork section before our spelling time. After this we have a math and reading lesson together. Then I read a few chapters to him from our read aloud book for the week.
  • I never do all of his school at one time. He usually only works with me for 30 or 45 minutes before taking a break while I work with someone else. During his break time he plays with his younger siblings or even jogs on the treadmill.
  • He usually has about 30 minutes of independent work like a math page or some spelling work.

My 3rd grade girl does a little over 2 hours of school time with me. I then read to her for more than 30 minutes for our read aloud books. Sometimes we read for nearly an hour while she sews or colors.

  • During her school time with me, I read poetry to her, do a Spanish lesson, and work in grammar and geography workbooks. Next we have a grammar and writing lesson before completing a math lesson. We also do Bible and spelling lessons together.
  • Usually Curly gets up early in the morning and begins school with me before her youngest siblings are awake. This allows us to have some quiet focused time to complete most of her school work. She then spends the rest of her morning reading or playing with her siblings.
  • She usually has about 45 minutes of independent work with math pages, Bible worksheets, and spelling assignments.

My two oldest do history together and that takes us a little more than 30 minutes to read our section, narrate the section, and then read part of a history picture book

Science is combined right now with my 3 big kids. We’ve only been spending about 20 minutes on this subject.

I also do Bible with all of my kids together in the afternoon and that time is usually about 30 minutes when combined with our Bible verse memory time.

So, let’s break it all down.

  1. Kindergarten – 1 1/2 hours + 30 minutes of Bible time + 20 minutes of independent work
  2. 1st grade – 2 hours + 1 hour (or 1 1/2 hours) of Bible, history, and science + 30 minutes of independent work
  3. 3rd grade – 2 1/2 hours + 1 hour (or 1 1/2 hours) of Bible, history, and science + 45 minutes of independent work

This means that I am doing school with someone for almost 7 hours. Yes, I spend nearly all day working with someone or reading to someone.

In a few years I will be able to combine my kids in more areas and my older ones will be able to do more work without me directly supervising. But for right now, with one child really working to learn to spell and write and two that are emerging readers, it takes up most of my day to help them.

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