Have you ever heard someone say…
“I wish I could homeschool, but I just don’t have the time!”
“You homeschool? How do you get everything done?”
“I’d like to homeschool, but it seems like it takes so long!”
I have. And I’ve tried repeatedly to get people to understand that it’s totally possible to homeschool in five hours a week. But it’s hard to get that message out in a way that makes it easy to understand, at least when I’m talking. So…
I’m writing it all down today! Check out how we get it done!
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How to Homeschool in Five Hours a Week
Before I get started, let me clarify: I do not mean that your total homeschooling time per week will be just five hours. Ours isn’t. Altogether, we probably spend 15 to 20 a weeks “doing school”.
But I have managed to get my hands-on teaching time down to five hours a week, which has been a HUGE help to my schedule.
The first hour of our school day (9 – 10 am) looks like this:
- 30 min – teach a new concept and oversee practice
- 10 min – assign independent reading and projects for the day
- 20 min – answer immediate questions
The rest of the school day is spent on independent assignments, reading, an educational video, and generally a craft or a project. And, of course, I’m available for help as they need it throughout the day. But the real “Mom is teaching” time is done in that hour.
Here are three tips to help you do the same!
I cannot overstate the importance of planning here. I set aside time over the weekend to choose which objectives I’ll focus on that week and find the resources I have to teach them.
My goal is to introduce a new topic, observe the kids as they practice, and provide limited guidance. So I only teach one new concept per day and that keeps the amount of actual “teaching” time I have to do to a minimum.
Use the Internet.
I love to use the Internet when I teach. Love it. There are so many great YouTube videos and educational websites that can do a lot of teaching for us these days!
My kids use and love Khan Academy. And that’s one of my favorite websites because Sal does so much instructing that I don’t have to do much at all. I usually sit with the kids as they work through the videos and let them work the exercises on their own. Generally, I have my Kindle nearby. 🙂
Teach your kids to work independently.
This is probably the biggest step of all. When your kids start completing work on their own, you will get so much of your time back! And I will admit that this takes effort and LOTS of practice, but it’s worth it.
Start with little tasks: completing half of a worksheet, watching a short video, reading a page of a book and answering a question or two. And as your kids grow, they will start to enjoy the feeling of completing independent work.
As they work on their assignments, I get time to get my own work done, catch up on a household chore, or simply do nothing at all. It’s glorious.
Need even more tips for managing your homeschool? Check out the amazing suggestions in the book The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas!
How do you keep a handle on your homeschooling time each week? Share your tips in the comments!
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Thank you for sharing this post. I hear that reason a lot! OR people ask me how I find the time when I work outside the home and blog. Love this!
My fourth grader is working on being more independent this year. He really enjoys the independence. Also….YES, YES, YES on planning! I have been so guilty of not planning out the week and trying to homeschool on the fly and it just does not work well. Even if you don’t sit down and plan everything, schooling is so much easier and flows so much better when you have an overall plan. I enjoyed reading your tips!
We’re seriously considering home-educating and I’ve been working out how much adult led 1:1 time my kids get in school and it averages around 30 minutes for my youngest and 10 minutes for my eldest (kinder and 2nd grade).
This week is Half Term Break for us and we’re giving it a whirl as quarantined and already the kids have had more 1:1 time than that in the two days
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I had no idea it was possible to get all the hands-on teaching done in just five hours a week! I was homeschooled growing up and it definitely wasn’t this way for us, but I think it would have been a lot more calm/peaceful if it was, LOL. It’s actually kind of incredible that you can do this, but I really like your relaxed approach It sounds wonderful. <3