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How many hours do you put in daily?

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My 5 yr old is only working for about 30-45 mins. Depending on how my 8 yr old works he normally finishes his work under 2 hrs. Should I be expecting them to work longer?? Or as long as we are covering the work should I not worry? Also how many subjects do you do? And how many pages of each subject?

Today for example I did Science, History, and Heath with the boys. I read a section (which is normally 2 or 3 pages) and read the review questions. We discussed it! Then my youngest homeschooler practiced at and an word on starfall and read Zac the Rat book! Then he did 1 math page and 1 Letter and Sounds page from his abeka books. I normally have him practice writing something as well but I didn't today. My oldest read 1 story from his Read & Think which is what I have him using right now for reading (He has struggled in reading but really has improved this year. I am planning to finish the Read & Think this year and then add addition reading next year) Then he did one page of Math and one page of English. We have given up on spelling this year. I will introduce it again next year in hope that with his reading improving his spelling will to. 

But that is practically our days work. Occasionally we throw in an art. But we really dont have extra subjects not sure if I should throw it in or not!

by on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM


Quoting KickButtMama:

Every child/family works at a different pace. We've done everything from only a couple of hours a day to longer, depending on the subject and the kids mood.


Perfection221
by New Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Can you explain your block scheduling? 


Quoting JadeTigr7:

With 3 kids doing school we spend about 3-4 hours on average a day.  Sometimes shorter and sometimes longer, but that's about average for us.  I have a 4th, 3rd and kindergartener.We do block scheduling, so only 2-3 subjecs a day for the two older ones, and my kindergartener does all subjects every day.  I'll start block scheduling for him in 2nd when he joins history and science with his older siblings. 


NoraDun
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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LOL! 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Oh no!  Don't be jealous of me.  I am not that organized!  If my head weren't attached I'm sure I would have lost it by now!  LOL  I just need to keep things timed and active or my oldest would get carrried away and school would last all day and my youngest (think ADHD) would go crazy.  

Quoting NoraDun:

OMGoodness you sound so organized LOL I am jealous!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

For us personally my 5yo does 6 15-20 minute sit down sessions and another 3 15-20 minute active sessions.

My 7yo does 2 45 minute (math and reading) and 3 20 minute (history, science, geography) sit down sessions and 3 15-20 minute (science, history, and phonics) active sessions.  Plus art, music or home-ec each day.

My 9yo does 4 60 minute (Reading, free reading, math, and language arts-spelling grammar and writing) sit down sessions 3 20 minute sit down sessions (science history and geography) 3 20 minute active sessions (history, science, a foreign language). Plus music, art, home-ec OR health/safety/nutrition each day.


Perfection221
by New Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Thank you so much.  I think I may trasition to it when the kids are done with what we have for pathways. 


Quoting NoraDun:

It came with the Abeka curriculum. Its just meant to be a practice. But we use it as our reading because he was bored with the Abeka reading and he needed something shorter but challenging that had questions to help with his comprehension!

Quoting Perfection221:

Ditto to what KickButtMama said.  It really is go with the flow.  As long as they are progressing and doing the work don't watch the clock.  Some days we cover 6-7 lessons, some days 3-4.  That is the beauty of homeschooling.  Sounds to me like you are doing great momma.  Keep it up!


Nichole


p.s.  What is read and think?  I use the pathways readers series.  My dd struggled with reading and this helped her as well as with spelling because it covers so much of the language arts. 


jwhit8791
by Jessica on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Do you use the LA and math that come with MFW?  We are looking into switching to this from Sonlight for my boys (kinder and 2nd) and I was looking for some advice about those two subjects.  I have heard that their LA wasn't that great.

Quoting MaryJarrett: Usually about 4 hours total. But it varies based on kids' moods and amount of lessons. We use MFW curriculum for my 1st grader and homemade for my preK/K kiddo.


JadeTigr7
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

We do a week's worth of a subject in a day.  We do langauge arts on Monday's and sometimes a little on Tuesday depending on how involved the work was.  We do Bible on Monday's also.  We do reading every day, and our memory verse every day.  We do a short oral grammar exercise every day.

On Tuesday's we do writing, language arts if there was any left, and spelling.  We usually also play the geography game.

On Wednesday we do Geography, music and art.

On Thursdays we do Science and math.

On Friday we do anything we may not have gotten to, or we have more free time depending on what was left during the week. 

Quoting Perfection221:

Can you explain your block scheduling? 


Quoting JadeTigr7:

With 3 kids doing school we spend about 3-4 hours on average a day.  Sometimes shorter and sometimes longer, but that's about average for us.  I have a 4th, 3rd and kindergartener.We do block scheduling, so only 2-3 subjecs a day for the two older ones, and my kindergartener does all subjects every day.  I'll start block scheduling for him in 2nd when he joins history and science with his older siblings. 




~Crystal~

Homeschooling Mama to James, Jade, Steven, Willow and Katara
Wifey to Michael since 3-30-05

 

MaryJarrett
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM
I do but my DD is already an avid reader so I supplement those both. The math on a 1st grade level I use for my preK/K kid. I do a lot of their reading and math game ideas. I've never had my kiddos in a B&M school so I can't say how they compare. I also am only in my first year. I have abeka first grade too, and that seems "harder".

Quoting jwhit8791:

Do you use the LA and math that come with MFW?  We are looking into switching to this from Sonlight for my boys (kinder and 2nd) and I was looking for some advice about those two subjects.  I have heard that their LA wasn't that great.

Quoting MaryJarrett: Usually about 4 hours total. But it varies based on kids' moods and amount of lessons. We use MFW curriculum for my 1st grader and homemade for my preK/K kiddo.

jwhit8791
by Jessica on Apr. 30, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Thanks.  We are using horizon math and we are doing ok, it looked like Signapore math used a lot of flashcards maybe (?)....that was all it sold with the mathbook.  My son gets stressed over flashcards so I was looking for a math that doesn't rely on those as much.  I will look into the abeka, thank you.

Quoting MaryJarrett: I do but my DD is already an avid reader so I supplement those both. The math on a 1st grade level I use for my preK/K kid. I do a lot of their reading and math game ideas. I've never had my kiddos in a B&M school so I can't say how they compare. I also am only in my first year. I have abeka first grade too, and that seems "harder".
Quoting jwhit8791:

Do you use the LA and math that come with MFW?  We are looking into switching to this from Sonlight for my boys (kinder and 2nd) and I was looking for some advice about those two subjects.  I have heard that their LA wasn't that great.

Quoting MaryJarrett: Usually about 4 hours total. But it varies based on kids' moods and amount of lessons. We use MFW curriculum for my 1st grader and homemade for my preK/K kiddo.



melindabelcher
by Mel on Apr. 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Every family and every day is different. 

1hr sounds very appropriate for a kindergartener. and 2hrs sounds right for a 2nd grader. 

When we do school work we break it up over the course of the day in 10-15 minute sections so it lasts all day. 

kmath
by Silver Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Like others have said it depends on the kid.  Our days depend on what we are doing and how much of a PITA he is being.  Some days it only takes 3 hours, some days longer.  We tend to do Math(1-2 pages and MobyMax), English (1-2 pages and MobyMax), Science (depends on what we are doing), History (depends on what we are doing), reading and computer programming. 

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