A recent survey by the BBC shows that the number of homeschooling families in the UK rose by 75% in 2021. This increase in numbers was largely attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic. The imposed lockdown restrictions meant that children were required to learn at home with their parent’s supervision.

Whilst many families were initially forced into this newfound learning environment, it wasn’t long before parents discovered the efficiency, educational benefits, and flexibility of homeschooling.

So, how does homeschooling work?

What Do I Need to Homeschool?

The first step is to determine if homeschooling is legal in your country and how you would need to go about registering for homeschooling.

The second step is to decide on your preferred platform and curriculum. Each curriculum has its own unique benefits, allowing you to find the best fit for your child. Make sure to research what curricula are available in your country of residence to ensure that you not only adhere to the legal requirements of your local government but also to ensure that your child benefits from a learning style that is best suited to their unique personality.

Once you have decided on which curriculum you will follow, it is important to set up a functional learning space at home. This space should have the right equipment to enable seamless learning. Choose a spacious, comfortable, and quiet room. Spots near windows are perfect because of the guaranteed natural light.

However, it would be best if you also encouraged your child to personalise the space by adding artwork, decorations, and self-motivating items.

How Many Hours a Day Do You Need to Homeschool?

An average school day in a traditional schooling environment is generally between six to eight hours long. This doesn’t account for homework time, extra lessons and extra-mural activities.

Many homeschooling families discover that six to eight hour school days are not necessary to promote optional learning and knowledge retention. Children who are homeschooled benefit from more efficient use of time and can therefore enjoy shorter school days.

Generally, most homeschooled students learn for two to three hours a day. The number of hours should be lower for younger children. The recommended homeschooling study hours per day are 20-60 minutes for pre-kindergarten and 30-90 minutes for kindergarten.

What Is the Appropriate Age for Homeschooling?

Each country has different laws around when a child should start formal schooling. Most countries state that children must start learning between the ages of five and six. If the child has never attended a school before, all you need to do is choose a curriculum and start teaching them.

Children and teenagers who are already in school can also revert to homeschooling. In this case, you may need to inform the school beforehand and register your child as a homeschooler with your local education department

Can You Homeschool and Work?

Combining a full-time job with homeschooling is challenging, but many parents manage to develop a workable homeschooling timetable. This is possible because you don't have to follow the normal school schedule or curriculum. The selected schedule should also take into consideration family needs. For instance, you can ask your child to help with household chores, such as cooking and cleaning. This will teach practical skills and responsibilities.

Many families opt to enrol the services of local learning centres or tutors to assist in providing a home based education. Learning centres offer the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling combined with the support and social interactions of studying alongside a group of peers.

How Does Homeschooling Work?

The first step is to create clear objectives for embarking on at home education. It would also help to divide big projects into small and manageable steps.

The homeschooling process typically involves the following steps:

Do I Need a Curriculum to Homeschool?

The laws in most countries state that children of a school-going age must receive a formalised education. Families who are considering homeschooling should check the laws and regulations in their country of residence to determine what education options are available to them.

Each curriculum offers unique benefits and learning styles. It is important to not only ensure that your chosen curriculum is legal in your country of residence but also to consider your child’s learning preferences to ensure that you match the curriculum to their unique strengths.

For example, the International British curriculum will allow your child the flexibility to work at their own pace and complete the course work within a time frame that is comfortable to them, whereas the CAPS curriculum follows a more structured course schedule, enabling them to stay in step with their peers.

Homeschooling guides by country

The legal requirements of homeschooling varies from country to country. To simplify parent’s search for information, we’ve compiled quick reference guides to some of the countries where CambriLearn students are currently learning from.

These guides aim to explain the legal requirements (if any) in each country, the costs involved, and which homeschooling curriculums are available.