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3 Ways to Take Your Homeschooling Outdoors

3 Ways to Take Your Homeschooling Outdoors from Standard Deviants Accelerate

As the weather changes and gets nicer, we find ourselves with a real case of cabin fever here. Once spring hits we all just want to be outside. Problem is…we still have work to do.

3 Ways to Take Your Homeschooling Outdoors

1. Get Up & Get Out!

Just pack up your homeschool! If you want to head to a park, we usually have each kid pack a backpack with their supplies, from colored pencils to tablets and I pack a lunch.

You can even just head out into your yard. We have a picnic table in the backyard where the kids will head out with some of their work and maybe a snack or lunch and enjoy the nice weather while they work.

2. Nature Studies

I usually plan to switch to nature study type activities for science when spring hits. Everything from gardening to flower identification, making birdhouse, learning about bees, insects and more. This allows us a ton of life science time and gets us outside too!

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3. Change Your Schedule

There are two ways in which we have taken to rethinking our schedule to we can get more outside time.

  1. During the winter months we really “hit the books” and work our way through as much of the bull work as we can. This frees up our schedule some when the warmer weather comes so we can get outside more. Allowing for us to take trips to the park and leisurely do some reading, math, etc. outside and then enjoy being outside.
  2. If there are subjects that have stretched out too long, we may just put them aside. After all, how many spelling tests do you really need to take each year!

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Reasons to Include the Library in Homeschooling

Reasons to Include the Library in Homeschooling from Standard Deviants AccelerateDid you know that April 10th -16th is National Library Week? First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Reasons to Include the Library in Homeschooling

1. Change of scenery

The library offers a warm, dry, well lit place to get up and out. If you are low on outside activities, or just need to get the kids up and out, the library offers a place to go. Go just to look at books, create a scavenger hunt for you kids to find things while there, or take your school work to do there instead of at home.

2.Internet & Computers

If you don’t have Internet or computers the library is a great place to go for these things. Don’t let your homeschool be limited because you don’t have them!

3. Books, books & more books

While we do purchase some books, we take most of ours out from the library. It can be very expensive to amass a collection of books, especially if they are ones that will only get read once! The library book collection is a great resource for any topic you might be covering. My kids always enjoy hitting the library to pick out new books to read, and new books on whatever our current science or history topic might be.

4. Movies

I can’t tell you how many educational DVDs we have checked out of the library. We used to make it a sort of treat, a sort of fun afternoon when we had educational DVDs to watch. Make some popcorn or a veggie snack and settle the kids down to a video that is relevant to what you are studying. It makes for a great change of pace and a little bit of down time for you!

5. Information

Not only does the library contain books and movies, but there are magazines, music, and in some even iPads! But another great bonus of the library are the people, the librarians. They are a wealth of knowledge and information when it comes to research. Google maybe the latest research craze but there is no substitute for the interaction with and knowledge power of a good librarian!

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How Many Subjects Do You Cover Each Day?

How Many Subjects Do You Cover Each Day? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

This seems to be turning into a series of sorts, maybe “An Inside Look at Homeschooling”, or “Homeschooling is a Lifestyle”. Either way there are a couple of major themes to remember. First is that every homeschool is different. Second is that it’s perfectly okay to be different and to do what works for you and your family!

How Many Subjects Do You Cover Each Day?

I had to chuckle recently as my 9 year old 4th grader looked at her weekly assignment sheet and commented about how she had every subject that day! I don’t think that is something that happens too often, but when we have a busy week we have to utilize any day at home that we have.

So that begs the question, “How many subjects do we cover each day?”

As a general rule we cover math and grammar/English every day. Currently we have classes outside the house on Wednesday so we cut back on formal studies that day. Practicing their instruments is something they do every day as well. (When I refer to days I am speaking of week days, not including Saturday and Sunday.)

Science is something we typically do twice a week. This allows us to spend a little more time on a given day to cover hands on activities and labs.

When it comes to history it depends on if we are currently doing unit studies or using a curriculum. When we are doing more in-depth unit studies we typically spend more time on one or two days a week, opposite the days we are engaging in science. We are currently using a curriculum where they are reading from text and other supplemental books and completing written assignments. With this style we typically do it 4 days a week.

Current Weekly Overview:

  • Math 4-5x a week
  • English 4-5x a week (this would include spelling, grammar and writing)
  • Science 2x a week
  • History 4x a week
  • Music 5x a week
  • Art 1-2x a month

How many subjects you cover each day will depend on the style of homeschooling you choose, the number of days a week you are schooling, and how much time you are looking to devote to each subject.

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How Many Days A Week Do You Homeschool?

How Many Days A Week Do You Homeschool? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Since homeschooling is not the mainstream norm, there are always lots of questions pertaining to how people homeschool. While some people might be malicious in nature, most are just curious about something they don’t know very much about. Hey, even us homeschoolers want to know what other’s homeschools look like!

Here are a few examples:

  • Do you have a homeschool room?
  • What curriculum do you use?
  • How many hours a day do you homeschool?
  • Do you homeschool everyday of the week?

How Many Days A Week Do You Homeschool?

The question today is, “How Many Days A Week Do You Homeschool?”

I know some that would answer with something about how they are always homeschooling. Homeschooling is a way of life, a sort of life long learning process, therefore everything you do could be included under the umbrella of homeschooling.

4 days a week is also a very common homeschool schedule. This gives you a day to catch up, rest, run errands, etc. Many who school 4 days a week also leave one day for a field trip, or play date outside of the house.

We tend to school 5 days a week and not on the weekends. This means we do any formal learning Monday through Friday. Some days we have a lighter load, others we might set work aside for a field trip, and most often we have our afternoon completely free because we get things done in the morning. (How Long Is A Homeschool Day?)

There are also families juggling multiple work schedules and need to school on the weekends. They might school once during the week or in the evenings and then get the bulk of their stuff done on the weekend.

Anyway you slice it, each family works out a schedule that is best for them. What works for one, might not work for another and that is okay. That is one of the great benefits of homeschooling!

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How Long Is A Homeschool Day?

How Long Is A Homeschool Day? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

People often wonder how long it takes to homeschool. Does our day start at 8 AM and end at 3 PM? Do we homeschool just 5 days a week? How long does it take us to finish each day? The answer to this questions varies from house to house, among grade levels, and from child to child.

How Long Is A Homeschool Day?

Since I already told you a homeschool day varies in length, let me give you some reasons why it might vary and how a day might look.

School At Home/Curriculum Based

In our house we are more school at home or curriculum based, which means we typically have structure to our days. We cover math, English (reading, writing, grammar, spelling), and playing a musical instrument every day of the week. Science, history, electives such as a foreign language or computer programming are covered 2-3 a week.

My 7th grade son gets up and started by 8 AM most days and can be done by noon most of the time if he is diligent and focused. He does have an online class that he takes in the afternoon on Mondays and often finds one day or another each week to be lighter or heavier based on how the science or history unit is for that day.

My 4th grade daughter is in a sleeping in phase. She rolls out of bed around 10 AM and seems to drag her feet all day long! Therefore she may start at 10:30 AM and not finish until dinnertime or later.

Unschooling/Unit Study Based

Those that unschool have much less structure to their days. Learning might be more in the form of an independent project that a child is engaged in like a kitchen science experiment, and art endeavor, or some sort of exploration that they are passionate about at that time. In this case there may seem like no clear beginning or end. They ebb and flow as their day warrants.

With Unit Study based learning you might spend a large chunk of time engaged in one subject or project. Maybe you have spent time reading together, or researching, or doing some sort of project. That may last a large chunk of your days for some time and then taper off again.

The long and the short is that as a general rule homeschooling takes less time than a typical public school day. There are no bus rides, changing classes, waiting for other kids to complete something, etc. You get to run at a pace that works for you, and each of the children in your home.

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10 Indoor Activities For Those Cold Winter Days

10 Indoor Activities For Those Cold Winter Days from Standard Deviants Accelerate

It is finally cold here in New York, cold and snowy. On days when the temperature drops too low to make it bearable outside, the kids can begin to climb the walls. On days like these, the usual routine of activities just isn’t enough. They need something extra engaging, new and exciting, different and out of the box.

10 Indoor Activities For Those Cold Winter Days

1. Get in the kitchen and cook something!  Hop on the Internet and do a quick search for kid friendly cooking ideas. Things like new cookies, soft pretzels, some sort of fruit creation, etc.

2. Make a sensory bin (or two)! We were recently at someone’s house and the kids (ages 13 & 16) got a hold of kinetic sand. They were like little kids in a candy store! This got me to thinking about sensory bins. You can use things like unpopped popcorn, cereal, black beans, buttons, rice and coffee beans. Add in little toy figures, craft pom poms, paper, measuring cups, and spoons.

3. Make recycled crafts. Get out the recycling bin, scrap fabric, foam, pipe cleaners, egg cartons, buttons and beads and let the kids get creative. Make bridges, build castles, create a corral to hold their animals, the sky is the limit!

4. Build a fort. I am always amazed and what my kids can come up with when I let them loose with pillows and blankets. They drag out couch cushions, chairs, end tables, and more to create forts for themselves to both play and sleep in. It could be as simple as taking the chair away from the kitchen table and covering it with a couple of sheets, or as complex as they can make it!

5. Drawing fun. Use paper bags cut open and taped to the walls, poster board, butcher paper, etc. For whatever reason attaching a large amount of paper to a wall and letting the kids draw on it makes it all the more fun. Use crayons, paint, or markers. If you have dark paper use chalk!

6. Snow cone fun! Use the snow to your advantage and bring it inside! Use flavored drink mixes such as fruit punch or lemonade and make your own, fresh from the yard snow cones!

7. Game day. Let each one of the kids choose a game to play and tell them you can only play if you all happily play each game that has been chosen. Then take turns playing the games that each child chose.

8. Make music. Find things around the house that make noise such as spoons, glasses, pots and pans. You can also create your own noise makers. Using two paper plates and some rice you can create a fun shaking noise maker.

9. Finger Paint. Clear your table or counter and prepare to make a mess! You can use whipped cream, Cool Whip, or shaving cream to paint pictures. Add food coloring to different piles and smear away!

10. Indoor obstacle course. Create an indoor obstacle course. Use cushions to jump over, put two chairs close and place a broom across to go under, use an egg and spoon to hold onto while zigzagging in and out of books you placed on the floor. The sky is the limit with this one. Use what you have and be creative. Have the kids set something up and time each person as they go through.

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You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year

You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Often parents find themselves part way through a school year, realizing their kids are miserable and that traditional school might not be the best option anymore. Then they wonder, can we start homeschooling mid year?

Yes, you can start homeschooling mid year. With a little bit of knowledge, some love and patience, you can start homeschooling mid year.

You Can Start Homeschooling Mid Year

When my oldest was beginning first grade I knew she needed out of public school. I was nervous and afraid to pull her out once the year had begun. I wish I had pulled her out instead of waiting to finish the year. For this reason I am here to tell you that you can. I have even helped others through the process of doing so. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you start homeschooling mid year.

Know Your State Regulations – Be sure that you know your state regulations. Each state is different and you want to be sure you are following the homeschool regulations in your state.

Find Support – Seek support online and in your local area. The best medicine for an unsure mom is the support of other moms who have been there themselves.

Leave Time For Deschooling – Deschooling is a process in which you give your child time and space to adjust to being out of traditional school. Homeschool is not public school and kids need time to transition to being home. Allow yourself and your child to just be. Be casual. There is time to work into a homeschooling routine.

Decide On Your Homeschool Method – Take the time to consider what homeschool method is right for you and your child. There are options like traditional/school at home, classical, unschooling, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, and eclectic.

Decide Where To Begin – If your child has been struggling, take the time to step back and get them caught up. If your child is in high school and you are wondering about giving credit, pick up where they left off and give them credit for everything they covered both in school and at home for that year.

Trust Your Instincts – You know your child better than anyone. Trust your instincts when it comes to what to do and how to proceed with them. Homeschooling is a valid option, one that can be a positive and enriching experience for you and your child.

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Ways To Work From Home While Homeschooling

Ways To Work From Home While Homeschooling from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I recently answered the question, “Can You Homeschool & Work From Home?” The answer is yes you can! Now the question remains what I can a do from home? What jobs can I undertake from home while still homeschooling?

Ways To Work From Home While Homeschooling

First, if you are wondering how you might manage, check out this article on Homeschooling & Working From Home. Beyond that I want to share with you some ideas with you for ways to work form home while homeschooling. These are just a handful of ideas to get you started. Don’t be afraid to tailor something to your own skill set or circumstances. Do what you do best and do naturally as that is when you will have the most success.

  1. Take in other kids – Offering child care services in your home to a handful of kids is a great way to earn extra money. Maybe you have some neighborhood kids before and after school, during school breaks, etc. Or maybe you have a couple of preschool aged tots that you have when they are not in preschool.
  2. Create a laundry or food service – You can help other busy moms by doing their laundry or creating freezer meals for them to use throughout their busy week.
  3. Craft – So many women I know are excellent with their hands. Maybe you are a knitter or a sewer or create some other sort of home decor. You can create at home and sell on sites like Etsy or Ebay.
  4. Buy & Sell – Shop garage sales and thrift stores or even department store clearances for good buys and resell the stuff for profit on sites like Ebay.
  5. Tutor – Are you strong in a certain subject area? Offering tutoring services for both public and homeschooled kids. This would also include teaching a musical instrument.
  6. Blog/Write – I started out by blogging and it turned into something. From ads on my site, to being paid to review items, and then stemming out to writing for others for pay.
  7. Virtual Assistant – Become a VA if you are good with social media. You can help other bloggers and sites with their social media, running their own site, advertising, etc.
  8. Create Curriculum or Other Resources for Homeschoolers – Do you find yourself creating things for your own kids to use? Consider marketing and selling a game, unit study, curriculum etc.

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Can You Homeschool & Work From Home?

Can You Homeschool & Work From Home? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

People often ask if you can both homeschool & work from home. And if there are people are doing this, how do they manage everything? To the question of can you homeschool & work from home I would answer yes – I mean I have managed to do it! Which isn’t to say that if will work for everyone, or that everyone can find the right balance, but it can certainly be done!

Can You Homeschool & Work From Home?

Before I had kids I knew that I would be a stay at home parent, and my husband felt strongly about it too. I worked outside the home until the day I gave birth, and 16 years later I have yet to enter the workforce. However, as the years have gone by, and the kids grown older I have found myself in the position of being able to work (part time) from home. It has not been without its struggles, but I find it fulfilling and worth the effort to make it work.

How To Homeschool & Work From Home

So how do I juggle working from home and homeschooling? It has taken a lot of patience and organization! While my job at home is on the computer there are many jobs you can do that are not computer based but for the purpose of this article I will talk from my personal experience.

  1. Create a designated work space – While I do not have my own separate office, I do have my own desk that is separated, but in the same room as the kids. This allows me a little physical space and a place for my own things, while still being present for the kids.
  2. Find time to work that works for you – I know many women who do most of their work early in the morning, or in the evenings after the kids go to bed. While I will do things in the evenings sometimes, I have found that I am best doing my work while they do theirs. So my best work time is from around 9 am to 11:30 am. If I still have work to do I will do it after my husband gets home so he can be preparing dinner or driving the kids around while I finish up. I like to have after bedtime free to spend with him so this situation works best for us.
  3. Learn to say no – Take on only what you can manage. If your plate is already full don’t agree to another project or bit of work that will stretch your time and sanity too thin.
  4. Plan your time – Plan out your schedule so that you can see when things need to get done and what is the priority each day when you are working. I used to stress about getting everything done when there were so many unfinished projects. By putting them on the calendar and scheduling time to do each thing it allowed me to stress less and live more.

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5 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Room

5 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Room from Standard Deviants Accelerate

While many do not have the space to have a dedicated homeschool room, or many do not want to be confined to a dedicated space, there are many of us who have and love our dedicated homeschool room. If you are not sure if a homeschool room is for you, check out these reasons to have a homeschool room.

Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Room

  1. Shoe Boxed Sized Storage Containers – These are great for the everyday quick grab things. We have boxes stacked on a book shelf with labels such as stickers, glue/scissors/tape, pencils/pens/erasers, and markers & crayons.
  2. Book Shelves – We use book shelves not only for the endless amounts of books we have in our homeschool room, but also to stack and store clear labeled bins of smaller supplies that we use on a regular basis.
  3. Cardboard File Boxes – The cardboard file boxes are sturdy, uniform in size, and inexpensive. We use this to hold things like fabric, yarn, ribbon, foam, paint, and other craft supplies.
  4. A Hutch with Doors – We have many supplies, kits, etc. Having a hutch with doors allows us to store many things that are uneven and not uniform but still have it look neat and organized in our room.
  5. Cork Board Strips – We installed cork board strips in open areas on our walls. This allows us to hang posters and projects without damaging the walls in the room.

Having a space that is just for our homeschool clutter has made my daily life so much easier. We can be in the middle of something and just leave it for later because it is in the homeschool room and not in the middle of our kitchen table or living space. But even having a whole room designated to homeschooling, I have still need to keep it organized to be able to fit it all in, have space to work, and have it feel organized instead of overrun.

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3 Reasons To Have a Homeschool Room

3 Reasons To Have a Homeschool Room from Starts At Eight

It stands to reason that you either have a homeschool room or you do not. Maybe you don’t have one because you don’t have the space, or maybe you have one because you do not want one. When we moved a couple of years into our homeschool journey, I specifically looked for a home that had the homeschool friendly layout I envisioned. Let me tell you why.

Reasons To Have a Homeschool Room

1. Plenty of Room to be Together – In our old home I had one child in one room at a desk and one at the kitchen table, while I had my little one still somewhere else. Having a designated homeschool room allows us to all be in the same place together without feeling cramped.

2. A Collected Space for Supplies – At our old house I had books and supplies all over the house. We would often miss out on an awesome resource because I forgot I had it or couldn’t find it. One of the first things I did was install shelving to accommodate all of our homeschool supplies in our new homeschool room.

3. A Place to Leave the Clutter – When you are homeschooling on your kitchen table it is hard to eat. Unless you clean up well from breakfast you will have food on your papers. Then to eat lunch you have to clear whatever you are doing. With a homeschool room we can just drop what we are doing and leave it to come back to later, without it interfering with our other activities.

Having a designated homeschool space changed homeschooling for me. It has allowed me to feel much more organized as well as made it easier for me to be present and available for all the kids at once. We can all work in the same space (even me) because we have the room to each have our own works pace in the same room without being on top of each other. While sometimes noises from the kids can get on each other’s nerves, for the most part being together and having all our resources together in one space revolutionized our homeschool day.

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Earning Dual Credit in High School With CLEP Exams

Earning Dual Credit in High School from Standard Deviants Accelerate

One great way to make full use of your student’s time in high school is by helping them to earn dual credit. What does dual credit mean? Dual credit is when you are in high school and can earn both high school and college credit for a course you are taking.

Earning Dual Credit in High School

As a homeschooler one readily available option for earning dual credit is by taking CLEP Exams. You can find out more about these at the College Board website. The basic idea is that you take a CLEP Exam to earn credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom.

In our homeschool our high schooler took U.S. History I and Psychology as high school courses at home. This earned her credit for these two courses in high school. Then to gain college credit for them as well, she used a CLEP prep book to study specifically for the CLEP Exam in each one of these courses. By taking and scoring high enough on the CLEP Exams she earned college credit for each of these courses.

Find out how SDA can help your student prepare for a CLEP Exam

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Is Busy Your New Normal?

Is Busy Your New Normal? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

 

Are you finding yourself running all over? Feeling like you get little to no downtime? I have been seeing this as a trend among my fellow moms and homeschool moms alike. It seems as though we almost compete to be the one who can say they are the busiest or have the most crazy schedule.

Is Busy Your New Normal?

While I can’t speak for everyone else, I can say with certainty that for myself and my family I have had enough. Over the past year I made the conscious decision to cut back on the things we were doing outside of our home to allow more down time for all of us.

We have a pretty busy sports schedule in the evenings as each of our children are in a competitive sport. For this reason I worked to get our days to be less busy.

Ways to Reduce Busy

Start by cutting out one or two things. Pick something that brings the least amount of benefit for the least amount of people in your house. In our case I try not to do something that is only for just one. I try to pick things that will be of value to a few of us or at least get a couple of things lumped together that are for one and then another.

Limit the number of day. You can try sticking to a certain number of days per week that you will be busier. For instance we try to stay home on Monday, Tuesday and Friday because Wednesday and Thursday are busier activity days.

Ask the kids. Ask the kids what they value most. If they are participating in multiple activities, ask them what they “must keep” and what they can let go. For instance my son loves playing chess, but the daytime class became too easy and the nighttime one really made that evening nuts with his sports practice. We let him decide what was most important. In the end he gave up chess class (and just plays online instead) because he loves playing his sport more.

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What Will Your Focus Be For 2016?

What Will Your Focus Be For 2016? from Standard Deviants Accelerate
It is a new year. A time of new beginnings, looking ahead to a fresh start and a whole new year of possibilities. Resolutions were made with the promise of changing something for the better. What about you? What about in your house or in your homeschool?

What Will Your Focus Be For 2016?

Many people often use this time of year to reevaluate their lives. This is also a great time to take a look at your homeschool.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What are we loving this year?
  2. What are we dreading?
  3. Is something taking more or less time than expected?
  4. Do we need to try something new?
  5. Can we adjust something to make it run more smoothly?
  6. What is the one thing I would really like to see happen in the coming year?

What we are doing:

What I plan to add – As far as the kids and their main school subjects, I am really happy with our choices and how well their work is going. The one thing my little one doesn’t get enough of is art – she loves art! So I would like to try and be sure we get in at least 2 art projects per month.

What I need to do better – I need to do a better job of supervising and engaging the kids in their piano practice. I often leave it to them to practice, but don’t spend enough time helping them improve and learn new parts.

What I am looking forward to – My teen will be driving on her own soon which will free up some of my time, which can hopefully be spent on things like piano and art!

Whatever you choose to do, change, focus on, etc, be intentional. Make a decision, make a plan for your change, and then be deliberate about following through. I have found it hard to make changes and know if they were the right ones or if they are working. Sometimes that was because I had really jumped in with two feet and done what I had said I would do.

Happy 2016!

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How Many Hours Do You Homeschool Each Day?

How Many Hours Do You Homeschool Each Day? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Among the many questions that we homeschoolers get asked on a regular basis is this one, “How many hours do you homeschool each day?” Now I know most people want a clearly defined, backed by a written log answer, but that isn’t usually how it works. Teaching and learning is not a set in stone process. It varies by subject, topic, student, etc.

How Many Hours Do You Homeschool Each Day?

I know in public school the claim is that the kids go to school for “8 hours a day”. But we know that even if the time frame were that long, the kids are not actively in class learning for all of that. There are bus rides, lunch lines, time between periods switching classes, recess. Even within the classroom I remember 50 minute periods really only amounting to about 30 by the time everyone is in and settled and the wrap up at the end to be out on time.

So how about in our homeschool? How much time do we spend each day? 

The amount of time we spend certainly varies from day to day and subject to subject. I have used a tracking program for years to keep track of assignments, grades, time spent, days logged, etc. After many years of homeschooling I have general block amounts of time that I log for things.

For instance, my oldest always had math set at one hour. Once we hit Algebra I noticed a consistent trend of it taking longer than that for her to complete math. So I upped her block of time for math each day to one hour and thirty minutes. Does she always spend that much time? No. Does she sometimes spend more? Yes. But through experience I have come to the conclusion that an hour and a half a day is a good average for the time she spends on math.

Another factor in time spent is how focused the kids are. My younger two have a bad habit of wandering off both mentally and psychically to other things. Therefore their work that was set to take about 3 hours (1 hour for math, 30 minutes for spelling/grammar, 20 minutes for musical instrument, 1 hour for history, and 45 minutes for foreign language) turns into many many more than that!

So when people ask how long we spend homeschooling each day I usually respond by telling them that the kids generally get up and moving by 9am, and that most days they can be pretty much done by lunchtime. There are a couple of days a week spent doing science, or history projects together in the afternoon, and the kids may take longer when something is more difficult or they are distracted, but in general my younger grade children spend 3-4 hours a day and my upper middle to high school spend 5-6 hours a day.