So, here’s a breakdown of how long school takes me with each child.
I spend about 20 focused minutes with my toddler. We practice painting or cutting. Sometimes we just play with dolls. It’s a avery flexible time and I let her take the lead on what she wants to do. After this time, she joins us for some PreK time with her older sister where she listens to books and explores shapes and colors.
Total time with me: 20 minutes
Total school time: 30-40 minutes
I spend about 30-45 minutes with my PreK 4-year-old. We read books, explore shapes, work on patterns, learn letter sounds, and practicing writing letters.
She joins us later in the homeschool day for our 20 minute group Bible time as well.
Individual time with me: 30-45 minutes
Total school time: 50 minutes to an hour
I spend a total of 45 minutes to 1 hour of focused time with my 1st grade girl. During this time we do all of her language arts (reading, writing, spelling, and grammar) as well as her math and logic. We also read some poetry.
She spends 15 minutes reading out of easy readers to her older sister and her sister spends about 15 minutes reading aloud to her out of various chapter books.
She also works on Spanish and science with her 2nd grade brother which equates to about 20 minutes.
We also have group Bible and history time for a total of about 30-40 minutes.
Individual time with me: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Total school time: 2.5 hours
I spend about an hour to maybe an hour and 20 minutes with my 2nd grader to complete language arts and math. We also have poetry reading and logic time.
I read aloud to him for 20 minutes a day.
He reads to his older sister for 15 minutes and then she reads aloud to him for 15-20 minutes.
He works with his younger sister for Spanish and science for about 20 minutes.
He also participates in our group Bible and history time of about 30-40 minutes.
He has some independent work assignments that take him about 10 – 15 minutes to complete daily.
Individual time with me: 1.5 hours
Total school time: 2.5 hours to 3 hours
I work with my 4th grader in logic, Bible, Latin, Spanish, math, and language arts for 2 hours.
I have not yet added in our science time which I estimate will take 15-20 minutes daily and will be added to our individual time.
I also read aloud to her for 30 minutes a day.
She reads to and with her siblings for about 1 hour total while I work with the younger children.
She participates in group Bible and history time which takes about 30-40 minutes.
She completes independent work which takes 30-40 minutes each day.
Individual time with me: 2.5-3 hours
Total school time: 5 hours
The total school time for each child includes our read aloud time.
- So, you can see that I do all language arts and math separately with my older children.
- My 1st and 2nd graders are combined for Spanish and science while my 4th grader is in a different level for those subjects.
- My 3 oldest children work on history and Bible together (while the 4th grader does some additional Bible work with me as well).
- My 4th grader has the largest amount of independent work that is done while I work with younger siblings.
- My 4th grader also has the additional subject of Latin added to her schedule.
Our school day begins at 6 AM at which time I work with one of my children on individual subjects. I work individually with my older 3 children (on a rotating basis) from 6 AM until 8 AM when we take a break for breakfast.
After breakfast I have school time with the younger children while the older children read. Once this time is over, I again work with the older 3 children in some more individual subjects as well as some combined subjects.
We work together as a group for Bible and history as our last two subjects before lunch at noon.
After lunch we complete any unfinished school work and then I read aloud to my 4th grader and my 2nd grader until about 2 PM.
I do combine subjects where I can but I’ve found that my kids do need to work separately in several subject areas. I also try to recruit older siblings to help younger siblings when possible (for read alouds and reading time) and I hope to do more of this in the future as my kids are older. This helps save quite a bit of time for me and makes our school day shorter!
*Note* – The lists above are not in chronological order. I rotate through working with each of my kids each day. In this way they have breaks in between school times to play.
To see our schedule you can see this post.
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