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theonenonlymrssmith 08-29-2013 01:33 PM

I know this has been asked a million ways before, but I can't help but wondering if we are doing "enough" we have been at this for a month now and our average kindergarten day looks something like this:

15-30 minuets spent on "sensorial" (Montessori work) so color mixing, puzzles etc.
30-45 minuets on geography. This month was solar system, so reading on planets, cutting, coloring and pasting a solar system map etc.
Break because we can't do math when the toddler is awake ;-)
30 minuets math ( maybe 5-10 equations depending on the activity)
30 minuets language- includes reading, handwriting practice, spelling practice etc.

So 2 hours total, on core instruction. This does not include daily "extra" reading, crafting, cooking (measuring adding etc) or educational app time.

So- is it enough???.....

HeatherlovesCDs 08-29-2013 02:13 PM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
For K, more than enough.

We spend an hour max on K. Sometime 1.5hrs if there is a project/craft that takes longer, rarely though.

slimy72 08-29-2013 02:25 PM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
I know you're asking in homeschooling but I wanted to point out something.... My son is in public school and in kindergarten and he only goes 2-3 hours a day. And they have recess and snack time in there. Plus you can't accomplish as much with 27 kids in a room that you can with one on one time so your daughter is getting as much or more than kids here in public school. And your day looks pretty similar to what his teacher sent home. So seems like plenty.

foggierbard9 08-29-2013 02:26 PM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
We did 1 hour to 90 minutes for K last year and are only doing 90 minutes to 2 hours for first this year. You are doing plenty.

HeatherM0529 08-29-2013 02:43 PM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
I think you're doing fine. Kindergarten used to always be about 3-4 hours a day, that was with 25+ students and snack, recess and rest time included.
Now my daughter does a full day (so 7 hours), that includes, lunch, snack, recess, gym, library etc in a day... So yes 2 hours is fine with all the extras thrown in there.

Also it's Minutes ;)

theonenonlymrssmith 08-29-2013 04:22 PM

Thanks everyone! Hopefully after some practice I can quit doubting myself.:-)

HeatherlovesCDs 08-29-2013 04:48 PM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by theonenonlymrssmith (Post 16872926)
Thanks everyone! Hopefully after some practice I can quit doubting myself.:-)

I'm not sure I'm ever going to stop doubting with the oldest. He is always going to be the first one to do whatever grade or whatever curriculum. Because of that, I assume I will always have small doubts.

But, I'm pretty confident with my younger ones. :D

tibeca 08-29-2013 05:10 PM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
We spend between 1 hour and 3 hours with DD1 who is 5. It depends on how much she goofs around, how much her sisters interrupt and how fun the project is that we're working on.

1 week includes:
Math 5 days a week (about 20 minutes)
Reading 7 days a week (about 20 minutes)
Social studies (20 minutes 2 times per week) Maps and communities
Science (20 minutes 2 times per week) Currently working on seasons
Music (20 minutes)
Art (20 minutes)
+whatever

Most days she begs for more school. We're always done before lunch.

PBAki 09-03-2013 08:50 AM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
This is good to know, we're complete newb in homeschooling so all the info helps!

Spicymustard 09-03-2013 10:20 AM

Re: Is this "enough?"
 
We do about an hour max right now in the mornings. That does not include art, PE, recess. Free play is more than enough in those areas for now for us. I always do read alouds at night in addition to the morning stuff which can be 10-40 minutes. In looking through my lessons I think they will get longer once she actually starts reading and writing gets more advanced beyond writing letters and simple words.


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