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how long?

Postby jules88 » Wed May 06, 2009 8:22 am

How long do your kids do "schoolwork?" a day. I want to homeschool and my husband doesn't really want me to. He thinks they need to be at a "real school". doing work form workbooks etc. So my compromise is that I have 2-3 workbooks that the kids do. Maybe not all three in the same day, but at least one. So my question is how long do you think a 7-8yr old (2nd grader) should be doing "book" work. And do you think it should be done at the kitchen table or another designated work area?
My kids go where they can concentrate. We also have a 5 yr oldl and a 22 month old. Some days they can concentrate amidst all of the choas and other days they go somewhere quieter.
We do a few pages in some of the books almost daily and do reading every day. Most of the time math facts everyday. The rest of the time I try and find what interests them an learn through projects, field trips and everyday living.

What do you all do?

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Postby Lily » Wed May 06, 2009 10:19 am

My 10yo does bookwork maybe an hour a day, and the other 6 hours (until ps gets out) are devoted to experimenting, games, trips...pretty much the same as you. Although it varies every single day. Yesterday, he spent the entire time reading a book. Today, he got into math and grammar, then put it aside to go into the history cabinet, learn to type, build a spaceship, and look at some youtube videos with me of other kids hs'ing.

You know, it took a bet with my dh to show him that hands on is how ds learns. He saw the kid moving around so quickly and bet me that two weeks later, he wouldn't be able to name even a handful of things he learned that day. So I took the bet. 15 minutes of animated chatter later, dh conceded that ds learned a lot more than he thought he would.
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Postby ncmom » Wed May 06, 2009 11:38 am

My kids are 9th and 5th grade with a much younger brother (who is 18 mo) and we get everything in in about 2 hours. The rest of the day is theirs to play!

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Postby Theodore » Wed May 06, 2009 9:07 pm

2-3 hours a day year-round is plenty, at least until you hit mid to late high school.

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Postby janaleigh » Mon May 11, 2009 10:19 am

I completely agree with the other moms. It sounds like you are right on track. I think 2-3 hours a day makes sense. So much learning is taking place outside of book learning. One of my favorite books is called -For the Children's Sake-. It might help you in feeling better about what you are doing with your children. I think the key is lots of reading.

We spent about 15 minutes each day per subject in the lower grades in addition to 1+ hours of free reading. If your kids are not already doing a lot of reading---then slowly work up to an hour. For us, nap times were slowly converted to reading time and now that my boys are teens, sometimes the napping has replaced the reading :)
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Postby Jill » Tue May 12, 2009 6:34 am

My 4th and 6th grader spend about 2 hours a day with "bookwork". The rest is reading and projects.

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