When you home educate keep in mind you are not schooling you are tutoring and one of the majour differences is the amount of time required to accomplish the same amount of educating.
At school you have a 1:30 ratio which means the teacher needs more time to teach and help the students in her care. At home you have a one to one ratio which means you will know when your student grasps a concept. The same principle applies to the quantity of written work you require for each subject. The majority of written work issued at school is 'busy work'. The aim of this written work is to keep students busy and allow the teacher time to help the students who need assistance.
Finding the balance as to the amount of time you need each day to complete your daily requirements is the first step to successfully home educating. Time is a limited resource and one that needs to be managed. Part of this management is finding your rhythm and sticking to it.
"Every lesson must have its own time, and no other time in this world is there for it. The sense of the preciousness of time, of the irreparable loss when a ten minutes' lesson is thrown away must be brought home." - Charlotte Mason Companion page 93
The most important part of finding your rhythm is that you do not play the comparison game. Stop comparing what you are doing with the next home school family in your group of friends or blog are doing. Your family is unique. It has it's own set of needs. IF you are constantly changing up how you do things or adding to what you are doing because of what other families are doing you are going to wear yourself and your children out.
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