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Amy in CO

How much reading each week?

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What is a reasonable amount of reading to expect a high schooler to read for history and literature? Either per day or per week.

 

Also, when you have a research paper or some other big project, do you just lessen the reading, or do away with it altogether for that period of time?

 

I assigned way to much this year and I am trying to get a better idea of what to expect as I plan for the coming year. I cut the reading back, but now I worry that I cut it too much.

 

Thanks for any help.

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I don't have a high schooler yet, but I think this has to totally depend on the child. My older son loves to read and will read about 3-4 hours a day - 2 of which are on his own time and by choice, the other two are History, Science, and Bible. I would think that the answer would be a lot different for a child who needs less reading and more "doing." I know my son is only starting middle school, but I thought I would just chime in and encourage you to tailor to your son's needs - whatever those may be. :)

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I'd say my 10th grader is also reading between 1-3 hours per day.

 

I do tweak his assigned readings around projects -- if he has a big project, the work and time in the related subject is devoted to the project.

 

I don't know if there is a right or wrong answer -- some kids are better and more efficient readers, others need more time. I just assign what needs to get done per week and leave it to my ds to figure out how to break down the reading for each day.

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My two older boys loved to read, so my third son is the first child that I have had to really think about what is reasonable. He probably reads 2 hours a day for all subjects, but I have to break it down and tell him how much to read each day. He was procrastinating and saving all his reading for the last minute, which did NOT work. :001_smile:

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We did Omnibus, and I'd say the reading was about 2 hours a day--that was literature and excerpts from history. He did Apologia Bio and Chem--about 20 minutes to read that (and then more time to "do" it). He read his One Year Bible every day for a devotion--maybe 15 minutes? Hard to say.

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