Homeschooling Hours

Homeschooling Hours



Homeschooling hours
How many,​ how often and when? These are some oft-repeated
questions when it​ comes to​ homeschooling hours .​
Flexibility is​ of​
course one of​ the​ key 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 out on​ homeschooling should feel that
their children should be at​ their books all the​ time 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 are simply wasted away and the​ child
effectively derives only 1-3 hours of​ study everyday .​
Then,​ there
are days when the​ studies become too intensive and other days when
it's only games and no work at​ all .​
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 everyday .​
a​ routine makes
it easier to​ learn and gives structure to​ the​ learning experience .​
It also tells the​ students that parents are strict about their
learning .​
a​ routine also allows your child to​ free his mind from
other activities and concentrate on​ studies .​
He knows that a​
particular time is​ strictly set aside for learning .​
The actual number of​ hours that you need depends on​ the​ curriculum
you have chosen and the​ learning style that suits your child .​
If
you are dealing with a​ subject that seems to​ be more complex,​ you
may need to​ sit with the​ child for a​ longer period .​
Using various
techniques,​ it​ may be necessary to​ demonstrate what you are trying
to teach .​
For instance,​ a​ lesson in​ Algebra may take more time
than a​ lesson in​ English .​
Homeschooling does not refer to​ the​ practice of​ sitting in​ front
of the​ books and learning the​ printed matter .​
Field trips,​
watching documentaries,​ visiting factories and libraries also make
up an​ important slice of​ the​ homeschooling process .​
It makes sense
to intersperse these activities so that learning becomes fun .​
You may want to​ finish off the​ few hours of​ textbook learning
in the​ morning and dedicate the​ afternoons to​ these kinds
of activities .​
Given the​ fact that too many public school hours are wasted in​
meaningless activities ranging from talking to​ extra-curricular
activities,​ do not allow public school hours to​ dictate the​ time
you should spend teaching your child at​ home .​
Remember that at​
home,​ he is​ getting a​ high-quality one-to-one time that is​ highly
productive .​
About 1-3 hours of​ study is​ enough in​ the​ primary
level .​
It is​ of​ course true that the​ more number of​ hours you put
in,​ the​ more learning takes place .​
This is​ also the​ reason why
homeschooling children are much smarter and more balanced than
regular school going children .​
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