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#1 jmsahl


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 08:23 PM

He's in 5th grade and it currently takes him about 5 hours per day to complete his studies.  Is this a normal amount of homeschool time for a child his age pursuing a classical approach to schooling?  Should I re-evaluate his work load?

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Language Arts: grammar, spelling, Latin Greek roots for vocabulary, dictionary skills, literature, writing; but not all on the same day

History: world history and state history

Piano lessons/practice



Lots and lots of reading independently both for fun and books that I've chosen for development/education



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

Well, my dd probably spends about 3.5-4 hrs but that doesn't include piano, art, or vocabulary as scheduled school time.  I would guess next year, in 6th grade, she'll spend 5 hours.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:17 PM

Sounds normal to me.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:17 PM

Average school day here is also about 5 hours - that doesn't include piano.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:18 PM

If we cut the dawdling DS would probably have spent 4 hrs of school time in 5th. This year in 6th, with dawdling, it's about 4.5-5. Times include 30 min music practicing.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:33 PM

5th grade dd spends 3.5 - 4 but science is done at co-op, no piano and she does art for fun in her own time..... so, probably on track.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 11:09 PM

We don't spend that long everyday though we do some. However I don't really count reading as he does that for fun by choice and I also don't count outings and audio. Actual seatwork is around three to three and a half hours, sometimes more. We don't do piano or Latin. I don't leave him to work independently much I sit and keep everyone on task so it goes faster.

Edited by Ausmumof3, 23 March 2017 - 11:10 PM.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 02:40 AM

An hour per grade is the general guide I've heard until high school, so 5 hours for 5th is right on track if you're including everything.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 07:05 PM

That's about what my 5th grader spends.

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

That's about right. My son usually takes about 3-5 hours, depending on his mood for the day ;)


That time does not count his art lessons, band or sports.