HOW LONG IS YOUR HOMESCHOOL DAY?
Remember that public school class schedules require a lot of crowd control time, and you don't have that crowd.
The rule of thumb is to add about 20 minutes for each grade, but every KID is different and every DAY is different. Some days we get through our whole day in an hour and half, some days it feels like we trudge through at snail's pace.
How Long is Your Homeschool Day?
- Preschool- 15 to 30 min
- Kindergarten- 30 min to 1 hour
- 1st to 2nd Grade- 45 min to 1.5 hours
- 3rd to 4th Grade- 1.5 to 3 hours
- 5th to 6th Grade- 2.5 to 3.5 hours
- 7th to 8th grade- 3 to 4.5 hours
- High School- 3.5 to 6 hours
Your day may go over this time with extra-curricular and educational activities that don't fall into "structured" learning. Guided free-play (like play-dough and dress up), gym class, audio-books, separate art class, and field trips are different, and will last longer because it requires a different type of engagement.
I taught preschool and then kindergarten, and I can attest that the times above are the longest any structured time will be effective in those ages. Yes, you can get them to sit and listen, or do worksheets, for longer, but in my experience retention falls drastically after age-appropriate windows.
You also have to find out what works for you. What works for your student, may slow down another.
This year we found the day goes faster when we do Math first (because my sons says then his brain isn't already tired when he gets to it), but that approach may slow down your day. Like I said, all kids are different.
Does this schedule ring true for your homeschool day?