How many hours are in a school day?

written by Darlene
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The home education law doesn’t define a day, so use a standard that you feel comfortable with.  

I recommend doing some research and some thinking before you decide.

Personally, I don’t think a 5-year-old child should spend more than 30 minutes a day doing seat-work. Even then, I would break the day into 10-20 minute sessions.

At that age, my own children worked 30 to 60 minutes a day in 10 to 15-minute sessions. We started with 5-minute sessions and worked our way up to 10 or 15 minutes. Even an older child may not benefit from focusing longer than 20 minutes at a time before taking a short break.

Each year, add 30 minutes a day:

  • 5 years old: 30 minutes maximum
  • 6 years old: 1 hour maximum
  • 7 years old: 1 ½ hours maximum
  • 8 years old: 2 hours maximum
  • 9 years old: 2 ½ hours maximum
  • 10 years old: 3 hours maximum
  • 11 years old: 3 ½ hours maximum
  • 12 years old: 4 hours maximum
  • 13 years old and older: 4 ½ hours maximum

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