How Much Time Do You Spend on School?

Dear Reader,

I am often embarrassed to tell others how little time we actually spend homeschooling. My oldest is almost 12 and we are doing well if we spend 3 hours a day on schoolwork. Now that doesn’t include things like physical education and art instruction which are the sorts of subjects we outsource. But it does often include potty and snack breaks. But I am encouraged by this quote from Charlotte Mason:

” . . . three-fourths of the time and labour ordinarily spent by the child at his lessons is lost time and wasted energy.”                                                                                        [Home Education, p.118]

Now Miss Mason’s approach to education, while it does do away with a lot of the traditional busywork, should not be thought of as light. There is quite a lot she still includes and her expectations for children are high. So I am not at all sure she would give the seal of approval to our little homeschool. There are a lot of things we should be getting to more regularly, like dictation (I have good intentions for next year, honest).

But when I see other families that seem to spend so much time on schoolwork, I am still encouraged to know that I am not alone in wondering how much profit there is in these long hours. My own experience in public school was that much of it was a huge waste of time. Of all the reasons we homeschool, just avoiding the mind-numbing tedium of school is  a big one.

So while I do think I personally should probably be doing a little more, I think we all would do better to think about quality more than quantity when it comes to schoolwork.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I think three hours a day for a 12 year old is plenty. I have a 13 year old that we be starting 8th grade in the fall and three hours is still all she will have a day sometimes even including outside activities.


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