When beginning to homeschool most parents are mystified by how to do it. How do they spend their time and what does a day in the life look? There are just as many options as there are opinions on how to best spend your and your child’s time and resources. While dissatisfaction with public education is on the rise most people do still want a more structured style of education. Some states will require that you teach for a certain amount of hours everyday and require a certain amount of hours per academic year. For those fortunate enough to not live under a dictatorship, 4-5 hours a day and 4-5 days a week will be all your children need.
We recommend a very structured routine and to document what every child did that day and note what progress they made. This should come in handy just in case the state demands proof that your child is being taught. This also helps you note if your child is stagnating in their schoolwork or needs extra attention. The notes do not have to be profound, but they should be kept especially if you have multiple children. Noting what your child had problems with and what you did to help them is not only important for their development but can be beneficial for others as well. An example homeschool day fro a family of three is given below.
Setting up a homeschool area is of the utmost importance. Ultimately the nicest this to have is a room dedicated to homeschooling. However, if you can’t dedicate a whole room to homeschooling, dedicate a bookshelf. This bookshelf should contain all of the students books and finished work. Some states require that you maintain the child’s done work for the past 3 years. If you must make due with only a shelf ensure that each child has their own shelf. Work should be done at a table and they should be seated in a chair. No trying to do math problems on the sofa. Try to set them up for success and prevent procrastination by setting up at a table. The more your child procrastinates the less they’ll learn and it will extend your school day. So, try and keep them quick and to the point school days. Remove distractions.
While we do recommend structuring their routine and curriculum there is still a lot of variance that can be implemented. One of the best forms of variance that also develops your child’s creativity is to dedicate the afternoon to constructive activities. Let the afternoon be the time in which they engage in handicrafts, music, art, cooking, woodworking, programming, AutoCad, and other hands on activities that can become hobbies, life skills, or the basis for what type of job they may want. These activities are also able to reinforce things that they have learned or may want to learn. Spending time learning to play a musical instrument can be a good tie into history by learning where and how the instrument was first made. Learning woodworking is great for reinforcing fundamental math skills such as fractions when measuring.