All day kindergarten would go from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Obviously, they’re not learning that whole time, it’s just too long,” Huber explains. “I don’t need a teacher to watch my children. I do know from homeschooling, you can do things faster, because you’re only teaching one to two children. If you’re a quick student, there’s a lot of wasted time. It takes a lot longer to accomplish what you could in a classroom what you could accomplish at home.”
For now, only Huber’s two older children are in school. Her daughters Aubrey (third grade) and Anna (first grade) can learn many things together, such as history and science, which saves time. Huber does teach them math once a week, and they are able to work on it and grammar independently. “With homeschool, you can’t teach in front of them the whole time, they need to have things that they can do independently, “ Huber said.
The time frame is simple:
8:00 a.m. Wake Up
8:05 Aubrey practices piano
8:30 eat breakfast, religious devotional
9:00 independent work (grammar, math, cursive, art)
10:00 Huber’s youngest, Nate, goes down for a nap
During this time, Huber teaches history or science on rotating days
11:30 Nate wakes up, free time (go on a walk, playing outside)
2:00 reading (silently and out loud)
Occasionally, they meet with a homeschool group in the mornings for physical education, which moves everything up on the schedule. Huber says she find the schedule very manageable and loves having her children home. “I wouldn’t have it any other way, “ said Huber.
Huber explains, “The best thing about homeschooling is that you fit [the schooling] to your child. You can push them more and dive into what their other interests are. They get the one on one attention of somebody involved in what they’re doing. In school, the teacher can only spread themselves so thin.”
Even with everything going on, Huber does take “me” time. She said, “While Nate takes his afternoon nap, my children read, I take my time. I need the downtime or I can’t function.”
The key to homeschooling, as Huber said, is to “organize your time, and you have to want to do it for your children; be completely committed. Your child’s education rests on you. Organization really helps.”