25 January 2010
Short Lessons or Long?
I always thought that my homeschool day would full of short lessons with engaged kids. I thought that doing 20 minutes of math and 20 minutes of writing and 20 minutes of something else was a great ideal. I imagined that as my kids got older, I would gradually increase the length of their lessons until we had a full day. Today, I realized that I have been completely wrong.
My daughter at 9 would happily do her lessons for an hour or two for each subject. She has a very long attention span. She is always the last person finished in group projects because she is busily add more detail. She also prefers to study one thing a a lot of depth than to go over several things. She gets bored easily with shallow information or simple assignments.
Which is better - two hours of French with writing full sentences, learning prepositional clauses and new words or twenty minutes of French, twenty minutes of vocabulary, twenty minutes of grammar, and twenty minutes of writing then something else to fill the rest of the two hours?
I'm not sure what this means for our homeschool day, but if all we accomplish on a day of school is math, French, and art, I think I will have to give myself a break because I know that those lessons were deep and meaningful and that she'll probably read tonight until her eyeball turn to raisins.