A question I often receive from people who are asking about homeschooling it “How Long will it take to Homeschool my child?”
Unfortunately, that is a very open question.
A few things it depends on :
- How old is your child. The younger they are, the less formal “schooling” time is necessary.
- Does your child have special needs?
- Does your child have special interests that they want to dig deep into?
- Do you incorporate a lot of bookwork or experiments
- Is sitting down at a table doing schoolwork the only thing that is considered true schoolwork, or do you could every day activities-outdoor exploration, chores, going to new places, field trips?
My children, ages 8, 5 and 4 take about 2 hours 4 times a week to do their work. This does not include field trips, our random educational conversations, reading time, computer time, Piano and outdoor time.
Many times, people tell me that they wished homeschool was an option for their child, but they already are arguing with their child constantly about just doing homework. I absolutely get that argument. Your child has been in school all day and needs a break, just like adults need a break from work. The small breaks that they do get may not be enough, so the child struggles to do more schoolwork at home.
What I have read from a multitude of homeschool families that have taken their kids out of formal schooling environments-The feeling that you won’t be able to work through homeschooling your child because you have argued with them about homework so long is natural. Should you decide to try homeschooling, a time of “deschooling” is important. “Deschooling” is just letting go of being task oriented and driven for a short while. It could be a few weeks or a few months. At this point, it is important to work on relationship building with your child(ren). “Deschooling” is different than the “Unschooling” trend. Deschooling is with the intent of picking up a more formalized, task driven education in the future but taking a break. “Unschooling” is more of a child led discovery without the task oriented education.
If you have thought about homeschooling in the past, but think it may be too difficult for any of these reasons, please reach out to me. I don’t have all the answers, nor will I necessarily have the answers you are looking for. However, I like to be a resource for those who are interested in homeschooling.
I will admit, homeschooling is not for everyone. It can be hard, tiresome and even daunting. There are plenty of reasons to have children in a public or private school setting, as well has many reasons to homeschool. As tiring and daunting as homeschool may be, it is also extremely rewarding.
I encourage you to check out AFHE.org if you have interest in homeschooling, or HSLDA.org. Or, feel free to reach out to me as well!