Homeschooling in only 15 hours a week!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Homeschooling in only 15 hours a week!

Are you worried you don't have enough time to homeshool? Or are you a homeschooling family and you feel like all you do is homeschool and are looking for a new homeschool schedule? Here is how we homeschool in only 15 hours a week!
Homeschooling Schedule - how we homeschool in only 15 hours a week including all cour subjects with three kids

First of all I want to preface this by saying no two homeschooling families are alike. We have different teaching styles, different learning styles, different likes/dislikes, and home schedules.

This is meant to help you streamline your homeschool by getting an idea of what works really well for us so you can tailor it to fit your specific family.


You can watch the above video to get an idea of how we homeschool in 15 hours a week, but for those who'd rather read it, here goes:

We all "do school" together at our dining room table; we start at 8am (my crazy kids are up by 6:30 every morning).

  • My 3rd grader starts by practicing piano while I go through my 5th graders work for the day (that includes presenting new information and how much work they need to do today), then he plows through asking me any questions as he goes. My Kindergartner starts by playing with an education toy or app.
  • Then my 5th grader practices piano and I go through my 3rd graders work for the day. My Kindergartner continues with an educational toy while she waits. 
  • It is about 8:40 and my 3rd grade and 5th grader are hard at work. Now it is my Kindergartner's turn. I sit with her for the next 45 minutes give or take until she is done. (I think it is SO IMPORTANT to be there with K and 1st graders to make sure they get things right the first time)
  • At 9:30 the kids have a snack and take the dog out for 15 minutes or so. The kids continue working on their seat work, typing, and Rosetta stone, and reading if they have time. My Kindergartner is now done for the day and she likes to play. I pay some bills, put dinner in the crockpot, plan our together lesson for the day, etc.
  • By about 10:30 we all come together to tackle our together subject. Once a week we spend an hour exploring science, art, social studies, or music together.
  • 11:30 or so we have lunch and are done for the day! The kids play, read some more, or we head to a park to play during the afternoon. 
  • NOTE: We do not do school on Fridays (or weekends). If for some reason the kids had a hard week and did not get their work done they do have to finish it on Friday, but I think that's only happen 1-2 times. Fridays are dedicated to doing fun things together,building memories, forming strong relationships, and expanding our learning with some amazing field trips.

Homeschooling in 4 hours a day, 4 Days a Week

how to homeschool

I consider the following to be essential in any good education (public, private, or home educated)
  • Math
  • Practice math facts for fluency
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Writing / Composition
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Reading Comprehension / Reports
  • Bible (plus daily devotions and scripture memorization)
  • Music (music education, learning about famous composers, piano)
  • Art (instruction, time to create, and learning about famous artists)
  • Social Studies (communities, government, US history, world history, and geography)
  • Science (biology, zoology, chemistry, inventors, lots of hands on experiments, etc.)

You can see our homeschool curriculum choices here.

We also add to our schedule fieldtrips, playdates for "socialization" and exercise (gymnastics, sports teams, swimming, etc.)

You MUST teach kids to be independent learners

The goal of every parent is to teach and equip kids to be healthy, well-balanced, happy, productive, self sufficient adults. A good homeschooling parent will home educate with that in mind!

You will need to sit next to your kindergarten and first grade as they are learning for form letters and numbers, read words, and understand math principles. But as they master the basics (in 2nd or 3rd grade) you need to encourage them to be self motivated learners.

  • teach teach the concept (usually in a 1/2 page instruction)
  • try it together (to ensure they "get it"
  • allow them to complete the rest of the assignment on their own
  • check back to help and correct their work as needed

Relationships Matter

I wrote about Homeschooling Parent / Child Relationships here are more length, but basically if you don't have a great relationship it will make everything, from making their bed, clearing their dishes after dinner to homeschooling.more difficult.

If you feel like you are pulling teeth to get things done or that they aren't listening to you I suggest you take take a peak at this article for some helpful suggestions.

homeschool schedule

See our FREE printable games, worksheets, activities and more by grade:
Free Preschool Printables  Free Kindergarten Worksheets, Games, Unit Studies, and More!  FREE 1st grade Worksheets, Games, Unit Studies, and More!   FREE 2nd grade Worksheets, Games, Unit Studies, and More!  FREE 3rd grade Worksheets, Games, Unit Studies, and More!   


  1. Hi Beth,
    Great post. Isn't it amazing at how much you can fit in such a short period of time? Good quality too....Visiting from Twitter.


    1. Thanks. Yep, you can get a lot in when it is streamlined; now there is more time for spontaneous learning, fieldtrips, and memories!

  2. Beth, this was so helpful. We have a granddaughter age 6 1/2, very bright, so is your schedule a little different for one child and K-1 in grade level?

    I am still having trouble downloading your printables and even my husband cannot do it with him being so much more computer savvy than myself. Any ideas how we can download? We have done both with my Mac and his PC. Help?

    1. Jeanie,

      My kiddo in K spends about 1 hour a day only. If she were my only kiddo it would probably be more just because I had the time.

      To download my printables make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the TEXT LINK that says << Download ___>>.

      Have a great day,

  3. Great video! I have a question, do you homeschool year round? When does your school year begin and end? How many weeks a year do you homeschool. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We usually do something in the summer to avoid the summer learning loss: science experiments, art, lots of reading and some math worskheets. This year, we did go back to school in June because we are adopting in the fall and know we'll need to take a break then =) We put in the same number of weeks as our local schools.

  4. This year we need to work on that self-motivation and being able to do some of the work independently. Mine are 7 and 8. Up until now we've done everything pretty much together, but I can see where one is ready to fly in reading and one is ready to go faster in math, so it's time to divide a bit. Love your schedule. And, love the reminder that time at the park can be gym class time, field trips always count, and reading in the evenings, too.

  5. I saw in your video your lesson plan sheet. Is there a place I can get that? Love how you teach and toss and then move on and leave them to it!

    1. It is in my free homeschool forms: =)

  6. I have looked in your link for the homeschool forms, and I don't find the monthly lesson plan form you used. That looks like such a great way to organize the school year ahead of time.

    1. It's there, but maybe hard to recognize without all our plan for the year =) I've added an EDITABLE schedule form that has one of our months as an example here: