Tamara Koz wrote:
One of the things we have been reading is that home schooling requires much less time commitment than traditional school. Can anyone confirm this? We have heard that the total time required of actual learning per day is ~2 hours (especially for younger kids).
All the homeschool moms I know all say the same thing as far as this goes. They say that they grossly underestimated the time commitment. It can be a very intense commitment for the parent. You are responsible for researching multiple topics, preparing learning materials, and planning out the week/month/year's curriculum/lessons. Planning lessons is time intensive, depending on your teaching preferences and your child's learning style. But generally for a 60 minute lesson, for example, it will take twice that time to actually plan it. So about a 3 hour time commitment for 1 lesson to plan, teach, implement. Of course this can vary, and you will have all the flexibility you want as far as your schedule and when and what you teach, so there's that. But many moms say it is exhausting, which I can attest to, as teaching is very involved. And extremely rewarding. As is parenting, as you know. ;) This is why a lot of homeschool moms team up. Lightens the load, makes it more fun and interesting, and provides social opportunities.
Hello! I am not a homeschooler but I am a teacher and I am also familiar with other homeschoolers, as well as Montessori and Waldorf methods. Here are my thoughts: