Hours Spent Homeschooling

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Hours Spent on Homeschooling

How many hours spent homeschooling? How long does it take to teach history? How many hours do you spend a day on math? What time is your school day done?

I get asked this question often from other homeschool moms trying to get a feel for homeschooling or for teaching a new curriculum.

In my heart I want to answer them with a precise number but honestly in 15 years of homeschooling I have yet to have a child do their math in 50 minutes each day for a week…not even two days back to back. Answering the question with “it varies” just seems to be ignoring the question.

Factors Affecting Hours Spent Homeschooling:

  • Motivation
  • Meltdowns
  • Attitudes
  • Focus
  • Interest

Motivation: If tomorrow I told my teens they each could have a $100 or a week off from lessons if all their work is done by noon tomorrow…there is a good chance at 12:01 they would be done. But realistically that happens about once every other month when I can find a really good motivator.

Meltdowns: Most of the time you never know when they are going to happen but there is no planning. Most of the time I struggle to offer the needed grace. Then I find that we are still doing school at 7pm or leaving the lessons unfinished.

Attitude: Sometimes I have the bad attitude and sometimes it is one of the kids. It is hard to complete school when you spend time wining and complaining. Normally bad attitudes do not happen every day but at my house they are on a monthly rotation.

Focus: Look it is snowing! The farmer is plowing the field! Forget holding anyone’s focus when that happens. Late nights and extra activities can cause brains to lose their focus. Oh sometimes they get focused on a new book and there is no changing gears to a new subject.

Interest: It does not matter how many fun math games I buy, my kids hate math. Yes, I try my best to make homeschooling interesting but I can not make every subject in every lesson amazing. Some days the lesson becomes a matter of learning endurance to finish the things we have started.

Hours Spent Homeschooling: Game Plan

With all these factors I should be amazed that any learning is taking place at my house, but it does. We have lesson plans and goals to keep us moving forward.

I tend to be content with about 80 percent of lessons getting done. Yes some weeks are stellar and everything is completed and other weeks might only be 25 percent.

Some weeks lessons are done early and some weeks we school on Saturday.

I will skip a few things in the schedule to help us get back on track.

So if you really want to know I guess my best answer would be to tell you how many hours it took to finish school today

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Comments

  1. Holly says:

    I just wanted to say what an encouragement this post was to me. I have been dealing with a lot of bad attitude and lack of motivation from my teen lately. I am so glad I am not the only one with this issue. Thanks so much for sharing. “Being content with 80 percent” was especially helpful.

  2. Stacey Lane says:

    Holly,
    Yes, it is a constant dance to keep the teens motivated and on track. Over the years my kids have still learned a good amount of information in completing the 80 percent.

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