an acquaintance of mine is homeschooling her pre-k aged kid. my idea of pre-k is very laid back and non-structured. according to her facebook, she is spending 4ish hours a day. that's the amount of time it takes for me to 2nd grade. my kindergartener only spends an hour-ish each day. now, i'm wondering if i'm not spending enough time.
how long do you spend each day on lower grades?
(even though i'm in my 3rd year of hsing, i always second guess myself)
Preschool curriculum took about a couple hours, and included Kindergarten supplements (my Son's actual grade level work has been too easy for Him from the start). Kindergarten took about three hours, plus first/second grade supplements (half hour to an hour more). First grade (this year) averages at about four hours, plus second/third grade supplements (about an hour more).
I think it's individual to the child. some kiddos are overwhelmed and can only handle an hr or so. Other kiddos are like sponges and pick up things very easily and quickly and desire to learn more.
I don't think theres really such thing as to much or to little so long as it's tailored and meeting the needs of that particular child.
My 1st and 2nd graders spend 60-90 minutes per day on "book work." That is, their math, language arts, etc type stuff - but if I add up all the other bits of 'school' we do throughout the day (extra curriculars, sports, art class, scouts, gardening, family scripture study, reading aloud to them as a group, educational videos, and bedtime reading together), it comes out to about 3 to 3.5 hours per day.
My 5th grader does all the extra stuff as well, but spends about 2.5 - 4 hours per day on book work. Just depends on the day and how motivated she is to finish. :)
If she's spending 4 hours a day it just depends how much of that is 'book' time. IMO that shouldn't be more than 30 minutes before K. Children under age 7 learn best through play and they just need lots of opportunities to do that - the parent-teacher's main job is to provide opportunities and materials for them to learn and experience.