How Long Is a Homeschool Day?

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This year I’m teaching 3 grades as well as a preschooler and a toddler. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s just completely crazy! And it’s very difficult to balance my time and get everything done. I’m not quite sure I have everything figured out, but we are finding a rhythm to our days.

So, here’s a breakdown of how long school takes me with each child.

Totschool 

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

PreK

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

1st grade

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

2nd grade

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

4th grade

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.

This means that our school day runs from 6 AM until 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.

And if you’re looking for a resource to help you organize, plan, and find balance in your home, homeschool, and home business, check out a book that inspired me – Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. It is worth adding to your reading list!
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10 thoughts on “How Long Is a Homeschool Day?

  1. The bulk of our schooling happens between getting home from taking the teens to (Private) school and lunch time. I'm teaching K, 3rd, and 6th this yr. The older two work on Math, English and Handwriting independently during nap time, but our Bible, Art, Social Studies, Science, etc. happen together in the morning. We usually break for Lunch around 11:30.

  2. I think each one of our days will look different, but this post is great for newbies or those wanting to change it up 🙂 I have two that I'm schooling, plus a tot and baby. It's hard some days, and then there's appointments, etc. etc. and we pick up two older ones from school after 4pm, so that has to be factored into our day!

    Thanks so much for sharing your day with us! Pinned 🙂

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  4. I love how structured your day is! Do you use a daily schedule? I have designed some schedules to help homeschool moms keep on track. If you'd like to try one out, you can see them on our website LoveMySchedule.com. I'd love to set you up with some in exchange for a review 🙂

  5. I love how organized you are! I also think it is awesome that the kids read to each other and have some joint learning. That is one thing I miss by having an only! Yes, we can do things with other homeschoolers, but it isn't quite the same 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up this week! Hope the coming week is a great one!

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