Matt James, physician and author of "Homeschooling Odyssey," along with his wife Barb have been homeschooling for 25 years. Four of their children have gone to Stanford, one of their children dances in the School of American Ballet in New York, and their youngest is looking forward to his own exciting opportunities. Oftentimes we think that Homeschooling has to take 4-6 hours a day in order to be effective. Yet the James family has been able to send their children to one of the most prestigious universities in the country by homeschooling one hour a day.
Q: Do you believe children can receive an outstanding education
homeschooling just an hour a day?
Despite a minimum of mandatory academics, our homeschoolers stay busy. They practice the piano. They play in the forests and the fields. They work on projects of their own making. I remember when two of our girls produced an ABC book, complete with copy and illustrations. It took them three months.
The kids do chores on the farm, and they help me and Barb with our work. They play sports and dance. We do things together. We play golf, and they drive the cart. They take science classes at a local school, or they play in the band there. We go on field trips and road trips. The little kids visit their brothers and sisters on the college campus. They hang out in the dorms for days.
Q: What did you focus on during your one hour of "academic
chores" each day?
Q: Does one-hour-a-day homeschooling work well for both young
children and teens?
Q: Many parents would love to try homeschooling, but worry that
it will take too much time. Do you believe that working parents and single parents can
homeschool their children effectively?
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