Q&A: Independent Work Question

My big girl is getting to a place where I can start giving her more independent work.  She prefers working with me, but I can at least give her something to read or get started on without me, while I work with her little sister.
I’m thinking of ways to rework our workbox plans to fit with our Weaver curriculum and I have a question for those of you with bigger more ‘independent’ kids.
Do you set out an assignment or list or set of assignments for the entire week and let them pace themselves or do you split it up into separate days and assign it a little at a time?
I’m wondering if she might do better if I let her know up front what is expected by Friday and give her some freedom to do it at her pace (provided it gets finished) OR should I keep feeding her assignments according to my schedule?
What works for you?

4 thoughts on “Q&A: Independent Work Question

  1. Peggy Brister says:

    It depends on how old the child is. I never gave my 24 yr old son a list of assignments like that until he was a teenager. Up until they are teenagers they usually need guidance on almost everything they are doing. Mine are 9 & 10 and aren’t very independant because everything they do is learning new ideas, new problems, new things in each subject and have to be helped along/taught. When my 24 yr old got around 13 or 14 I would make him a list of chapters to read, which questions to do, what pages in math, etc and give it to him by the day, not by the week. He was not good at time allocation and time management.
    I certainly cannot give advice to anyone trying to homeschool kids in two different grades because I have both of mine on the same grade level. Thank goodness they were only a year apart. I sit with mine the whole time we are doing school unless they are doing copywork in penmanship or spelling words.

  2. Erin D says:

    My daughter is 9 and I have found that her intention to do the work throughout the week is stronger than her ability to divide the work into a reasonable schedule.
    I split it into days according to my schedule and have her work on each day independently;otherwise her school work area starts to look like her bedroom does if I don’t monitor it! 🙂

  3. TaderDoodles says:

    I have a friend who has a ten year old that can take a list of assignments for the week and do them without nudging.  He may need help from mom, but he allocates his time himself.  She said he’ll even set his alarm to get up at 4 am to make sure it’s done early so he can go outside or not have to do school on Saturday….. I do NOT have a kid like this, that is for sure!

    I want a couple of her workboxes/workfolders to have independent reading and stuff in there.  I was considering saying “have this read by Friday” but it seems I may need to stick with “read from here to here” everyday.

    Thanks Peggy!

  4. TaderDoodles says:

    Thanks for sharing!  I think my daughter, at least the older one, will have trouble too.  I’m really worried she’ll leave the ‘hard’ stuff till Friday and then Fridays will be evil school days. 

    Thanks to the Schoolhouse Expo this week I am getting tips on spreading things out a bit.  I love the flexibility of homeschooling!



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