What should a typical homeschool day look like?
A child of compulsory school age (4-16 in England, Scotland and Wales, 5-16 in Northern Ireland) needs to be in 'full-time' education - but this does not mean 9-3, Monday to Friday!
Each family will find what works best for them; don’t be afraid to change your approach if it doesn’t seem to be working!
We have found that it is helpful to have a structure, one which the child knows in advance and knows they have to stick to. If that means it’s school between 9 and 12, they learn not to try to schedule other activities in that time. Remember that your child does not need to have a full 6 hour school day – in a one-to-one environment they will learn more intensely than they would in a class of 30+, so they are unlikely to need this much time. If they have found something difficult, they can always pick it up tomorrow – the time constraints of the school year don’t have to apply (this also gives you the opportunity of looking up alternative ways of teaching that point, ready for the next day!)
The best structure also includes some time set aside for exercise – ideally outdoors. There are a multitude of studies which show the benefits on body and mind of exercising, and particularly exercising in the open air. This may be an opportunity for your child to socialise, if there are team sports locally in which they are interested, but if they are not interested don’t feel that you are failing them if their day’s exercise is a walk with you. Some children need more social time than others, and that is perfectly normal.