May 22, 2007 12:41pm CST
How much time in a day should children be in the classroom setting if they are homeschooled? We are beginning to look at this possibility but I am unsure of the time contraints and overall commitment.
• United States
22 May 07
I think it all depends on how old the kids are and what they are learning. My son is 5 years old and we are doing basic homeschool for him. K and first grade stuff. We spend like 1 hour doing sit down and crunch work that we call school time, then we also do weekly field trips and play lots of learning games. We read lots of stories together and try to learn through living. It is working great for us so far. We are learning to read and got a great book. "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons." It was referreed to me by other homechool families and we love it. I also love the one on one time we get with the kids. There are lots of websites out there that want you to spend tons of money on supplys and teaching kits. We went to teachr supply stores and bought some workbooks at walmart. We search for ideas online and so far we have spent very little. We did buy an annual pass to the zoo for field trips but we might have done that anyway. I think it is the best option for my kids. I am the person who cares the most about their education, so I feel I am the best person to give it to them. Let me know if you have any questions and check out that book. They sell it online or at most major book stores. Good luck
• United States
23 May 07
What is the best way to make sure they are keeping up with their peers? Do you have to purchase special tests for that? Do they need to participate in AIMS testing? I don't know if they have that in every state, but here in AZ, 1st 3rd and 5th graders must take them, they are achievement tests. Do you think you will homeschool through high school? How are you socializing your child?