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Old 07-27-2012, 12:03 PM   #11
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I think it depends on the child, grade level and curriculum you use.
I agree. It is much easier to do hands-on learning with minimal traditional school learning when they are younger vs middle school age. And it definitely depends on the child. My oldest daughter needs a good blend of hands-on and book learning, whereas my son does fine with a more traditional schooling style. I'm not yet sure about my youngest, as she's just 5 and all we've done with her is reading and math (both quite hands-on at this point).

Now, I will say, though, that my oldest is going into 7th grade, and when she sits down and does her work, it typically does not take more than about 3- 3 1/2 hours for her to finish. That is a combination of hands-on and traditional textbook/workbook work.

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Old 07-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #12
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I'm not sure I know what you mean by sitting quietly being taught...

Our lessons are 100% interactive, it's a discussion never a lecture.
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I HS my K'er,and her quiet sit down time is about 90 minutes a day. We do reading (her to me,and me to her),math,handwriting,etc at the kitchen counter. I actually think it is quite age appropriate and good for her to focus. We make sure to have lots of wiggly time with songs,games,free play and outside time,too.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:28 AM   #14
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For kinder we do 2 hours, 2-3 hours for my 1st grader, 3-4 hours for my 4th grader and my teens are required by me to be doing some schoolwork for 5-6 hours a day. (sitting down, reading, worksheets, penmanship, art etc)

Then we do other learning activities that are not structured throughout the day.

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Thanks for all the responses!!!
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I'm still new to this, but with my 4th and 6th graders, they have a majority of sit down do your own work type things (math, grammar, spelling, writing). For Science and History, we read aloud and discuss and then have projects that go along with the lesson-it's not totally hands-on, but very age appropriate IMO.

For DS, he only sits when he's working on reading with me and he dislikes even that little bit of sitting. He's usually counting while jumping, doing a dot to dot and running around the room between numbers, flipping off the couch between each letter he writes, etc. It's kind of dizzying, but he gets it done. And--that sounds like we're working forever--we really only work on "school" about 15 minutes each day!
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I'm still new to this, but with my 4th and 6th graders, they have a majority of sit down do your own work type things (math, grammar, spelling, writing). For Science and History, we read aloud and discuss and then have projects that go along with the lesson-it's not totally hands-on, but very age appropriate IMO.
This is very much like us. With my 4th and 6th graders, much of their work requires sitting still and working independently. We go over new things at first and then they work on their own until they get it all done, unless they have a question, and then I help them. They do science and history together.

With my youngest, who is just starting Kindergarten, we do more interactive things, though he does enjoy doing seatwork.

All my boys are low key kind of kids, and they prefer to get their work done and get on with their day. We work for around 3-3.5 hours most days.
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I'm still new to this, but with my 4th and 6th graders, they have a majority of sit down do your own work type things (math, grammar, spelling, writing). For Science and History, we read aloud and discuss and then have projects that go along with the lesson-it's not totally hands-on, but very age appropriate IMO.

For DS, he only sits when he's working on reading with me and he dislikes even that little bit of sitting. He's usually counting while jumping, doing a dot to dot and running around the room between numbers, flipping off the couch between each letter he writes, etc. It's kind of dizzying, but he gets it done. And--that sounds like we're working forever--we really only work on "school" about 15 minutes each day!
This gives me hope - I'll be HS'ing my 1st grader this year for the first time and I totally know this is how he will be
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We have school anywhere from 1-3hrs 4days a week. About half the time Im instructing and the other they are working independently, working together, or we're playing games. Eta-they are in 2nd and K
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depends on the kid- my oldest? Hours upon hours, probably 50-60 per week and he'd be good (I poop out first!). My youngest, maybe 3 hours a week.
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