Homeschooling hours, how many, how often, and when? These are some often-repeated questions when it comes to homeschooling hours. Flexibility is, of course, one of the fundamental underlying principles behind homeschooling. This flexibility applies not only to the curriculum but also to the number of hours. It is only natural that parents, especially if they have just started homeschooling, should feel that their children should always be at their books when regular school-goers are at school. This is not only fallacious but can also be damaging and counter-productive.
One of the most ignored but glaring drawbacks of the public schooling system is the sheer waste of time and energy that it causes. Many periods consume time, and the child effectively derives only 1-3 hours of study daily. But, then, there are days when the studies become too intensive and other days when it's only games and no work. There is a lot of 'invisible wastage' involved here.
Early on in your homeschooling practice, work out a schedule. It is advisable to stick to the same hours every day. A routine makes learning more accessible and gives structure to the learning experience of homeschooling hours and how many hours you have available. It also tells the students that parents are strict about their education. A pattern also allows your child to free his mind from other activities and concentrate on his studies. He knows that a particular time for learning.
The number of hours you need depends on your chosen curriculum and the learning style that suits your child. For example, if you are dealing with a subject that seems to be more complex, you
may need to sit with the child for a more extended period. It may be necessary to demonstrate what you are trying to teach. For instance, an Algebra lesson may take longer than an English one.
Homeschooling does not refer to sitting in front of books and learning the printed matter. Instead, field trips, watching documentaries, and visiting factories and libraries are essential to homeschooling. Therefore, it makes sense to intersperse these activities so that learning becomes fun. You may want to finish the few hours of textbook learning in the morning and dedicate the afternoons to these activities.
Given that too many public school hours result in meaningless activities ranging from talking to extra-curricular activities, do not allow public school hours to dictate the time you should teach your child at home. Remember that he gets high-quality, highly productive one-to-one time at home. About 3 hours of study is enough at the primary level. It is confirmed that the more hours you put in, the more learning occurs. Hours is also why homeschooling children are much more intelligent and balanced than regular school-going children.