Over the course of the past year I have received a lot of private questions about the length of our work cycle. I am a big believer in the Montessori "three-hour work cycle." There are many places you can read about this in the literature if you are unfamiliar with it. I have also noticed that most Montessori homeschools do not complete the three-hour work cycle. In fact, 1.5 hours seems to be the most popular time frame. I have always suspected that the "false fatigue" that occurs halfway through the cycle might be the reason for this phenomenon.
So, when a new blog I am reading addressed this issue this week I thought I should pass the link on to all of you. It may give you something new to think about. Are your work cycles shorter because it is what works best for your family? Because it's really what your child can handle? Or are you calling it quits early due to "false fatigue"? I think it is more difficult for a home educator to recognize it with their handful of children (or sometimes only child) than it is for a Montessori teacher who observes 30 children per day year after year.
I invite you to pop over to A Montessori Musing Place to read Cynthia Dyer's post on the topic.