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Scheduling your home school day

What if I can't fit all the topics into my day?
  If that is the case, then you are a normal home school family with a life! Our advice is to use your school time to focus on teaching your children how to learn. Teach them reading, math, and thinking skills, and they will be well on their way to being a huge blessing to their community. Yes, there is a lot more to learn: Latin, art, music, science, foreign languages, history, writing, grammar, geography…and we encourage you to do as much of that as you enjoy and your time and budget allow.
How much time each day should I spend on schoolwork?

For a young child, first grade and below, an hour a day is more than enough. At this age, the child is learning all day long, so focus one hour on thinking skills, reading, and math. An older child will need to spend more time on focused learning, but keep in mind that this could include such things as planning your food budget for the next week or helping Grandpa put in a new sprinkler system. True learning doesn't always happen at a desk! We do not expect school time to ever take more than three hours a day.

How has your family scheduled your school week?
  We have a family tradition of taking Friday night as a fun family time, often including pizza, DVDs, or something equally fun. Only children who have finished their school schedule for the week are allowed to participate. Yes, we have endured nights of tears, as children who thought their week's work would take them only a few hours suddenly realized they should have been doing it all week long. However, with this motivation in place, any child who could read was able to take charge of his or her own school work. We figure out how much needs to be done each week by calculating the number of pages in the book divided by the number of weeks we want to do schoolwork, then print the child a check-off list. Whenever help is needed, it is the child's job to track down Mom or Dad and ask; in the process, the child becomes a self-sufficient learner.