How much prep time is required to homeschool? It varies widely, and it varies with the curriculum you use. Some things are more teacher-intensive, some things require more planning. No two homeschools will look alike.
How much time did you spend preparing to teach your sons' classes in 8th-9th grade? I noticed a few comments about Latin prep on your blog. ~ Lee Ann in Florida
Dear Lee Ann,
When I used Sonlight Curriculum I had almost NO preparation other than Latin, because it was all done for me. I did read ahead the books that I assigned them, but I did that during our summer camping trips, so it was fun. I didn't read ahead the books I planned to read aloud.
During the summer I would make an assignment sheet that I could use for all the different pieces of curriculum that I used. On that one piece of paper I would have Sonlight, foreign language, math, and electives, etc. I would fill in those assignment sheets before the school year, so that I could just hand the kids one piece of paper with everything on it. It worked for us!
I did study ahead with Latin Road to English Grammar. The first year it took me about 2 hours on the weekend. The second year it took me about 3-4 hours on the weekend, and by the third year I gave up and let the kids do it on their own!
I didn't do much in the way of preparing to teach each day. I just sat down with them and went over the lessons that were already planned for me.
At a certain point we had read all the Sonlight books from all the levels, and I had to create my own history and literature blend. That did take a lot of planning, but I did it over the summer.
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