I was talking with two friends of mine, one who used to homeschool her kids and the other who would like to homeschool, but doesn’t think she can. They asked me how much time I spend every day doing homeschool prep for the next day. I looked them straight in the eye and said, “none.”
Once in a great while I spend some extra time planning an activity or craft, but that’s pretty rare. When we do our daily assignments, math, language arts, foreign language, and so on, we just pull out the book or workbook and do the next lesson or the next page. There’s no prep needed for that. If I don’t remember or never learned the math or the grammar from that day’s lesson I just glance over it or work a problem quickly and figure it out with my child. We learn it together. (The secret to that is choosing homeschool books written by people who can actually teach, and none of those people work for major textbook publishers).
The only place where I might potentially need some prep time is in history, geography, science or the arts, but I avoid that by having art and science supplies on hand so we can pull out the Layers of Learning curriculum and, on the spot or the morning of, just quickly grab the paints and pipe cleaners or sodium hydroxide and acetic acid. Most of our work in these subjects is done with the aid of good books from the library and printables or simple projects. (The secret to that is having a curriculum that is done for you, complete with library lists, printable maps and activities, and projects. Ahem, can anyone say Layers of Learning Homeschool Curriculum?)
Scouts honor, I spend about a half hour to an hour a week putting books on hold at the library, where the very kind people bring them out to my house on the Bookmobile. And that’s it.
Of course Karen and I did have to write the whole Homeschooling Curriculum of our Dreams, but you don’t have to, ’cause we did it for you!