How much time in a day will my children really be doing school-related work and assignments?

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This will vary by teacher, subject, and grade level.  A good rule of thumb is to have your child work in 60- to 90-minute increments and then take a break. This method has shown to be effective for adults who telecommute, and it should work with students as well. If you are in a situation where you can monitor your child, it helps to give some parental direction and encourage accountability.