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Old 10-28-2010, 08:42 AM   #1
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Preschool (how much time)

how much time a week do you spend on school?

my son is three and we are spending

3 hours a day (ish) on school on my off days

and about 1.5 on my work days

about 5 days a week so we are working about 12 hours a week.

Im just wondering what is average

this is actual book work time (crafts, workbooks, etc)

we also read for about an hour a day and play which is learning in itself

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Old 10-28-2010, 10:11 AM   #2
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My daughter is four and we do about two hours each day (not including outings, craft projects, or our normal reading time). This is a good amount of time for keeping my DD's attention.
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my dd is almost 4 and we spend maybe an hour a day.
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Re: Preschool (how much time)

I thought seemed like a lot. I've had a few people tell me for kindergarten about an hour day.....
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Re: Preschool (how much time)

My 5th grader doesn't spend 3 hours a day usually. I honestly would think about a half hour for preschool stuff, but I think it would also depend on the kid. Some kids just soak it up and will do it for hours, while other kids it is a struggle for 30 minutes.
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Re: Preschool (how much time)

We spend about an hour a day as well. But that includes our "play" learn time. DD is a hands on learner at this point.
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My 5th grader doesn't spend 3 hours a day usually. I honestly would think about a half hour for preschool stuff, but I think it would also depend on the kid. Some kids just soak it up and will do it for hours, while other kids it is a struggle for 30 minutes.
Three hours is about what my 8 year old does too
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Re: Preschool (how much time)

That sounds like a lot. My 2nd grader spends probably 3 hours a day 4 days a week (Fridays we don't spend much if any time on school work because it is my busy cleaning day and his chore day). Some days we may take more time and we also have reading time. Then there is time we may spend in researching or computer play ect. My preschooler is a live wire. I never know when he will commit time to learning. Right now I'm not forcing it but I have told him if he won't willingly buckle down soon we need to think about enrolling him in a charter school come spring because he will need some one else to handle K.
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Re: Preschool (how much time)

My 3-year-old does actual "school" stuff only a couple days a week. She loves it, so she'll keep at it for a couple hours on those days. On other days, we have classes or playgroups or outings and it's just too much to fit in "school" work as well. I have learned to keep preschool in perspective. It's only preschool. Think of the kids going to "regular" preschool. They only go for 2 hours a day, 2 or 3 days a week. I asked my friend what her daughter does there and half of it is free play. Literally. Knowing that, it does seem like much more than a few hours a week might be going overboard.

Although I guess that depends on what you call "school". If we count dance class and play group and outside play time and free play time and trips to museums, we obviously do far more than that. I figure if she knows her numbers and letters, we're good. The more important thing at this age, imo, is engaging in pretend play. It's very cognitively healthy and teaches kids all kinds of creative problem solving skills. That's probably why the "regular" preschools give it a lot of time, too.
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