Eh, it's only an hour a day for setting up lessons for 2 preschoolers and a 2nd grader. It's not actually that much at all. But yes, during that hour, I read through the next day's lessons for the 2nd grader, gather all the necessary equipment so it's set out, and put out new montessori works for the preschoolers (or create the work). I also spend a good deal of time reserving various library books each week to compliment the various subjects, and making a shopping list of things we will need each week to complete the lessons. An hour a day is not really a lot of planning time for homeschooling. But for me, I haven't found homeschooling to be the "easy way"...homeschooling in our family is either very montessori based for the younger kids, or really working on the academics for the older one (who has asperger's and thrives on a very structured routine homeschooling schedule). But each family will be different...some families likely don't read through all of the lessons, don't create their own montessori work, and don't set out all of the materials needed for that day ahead of time. Some people are more seat of their pants. Some people have a library system where you can walk in and get any book you need without having to reserve it from the larger system and get it delivered to your branch. I have to have my hour or two planning each evening after the kids go to bed because it keeps me accountable and makes sure that I am teaching what I need to teach effectively. We are not fly by the seat of our pants homeschoolers. While we do follow the child's interests, I do have a set list of things I want to accomplish each year, and both my children and I thrive on a well prepared environment. So yeah, it does take at least that long each night, plus planning time on the weekends too. I definitely see how it wouldn't be same for other homeschoolers--those using an e-curriculum, unschoolers, or even those using an all-in-one curriculum.
this seems way too long - IMO unless you are making up your own curriculum -even that would be too large of time too me
my state only requires days not hours so it is less---180 days are required--out of 360 that is easy and "days" is up to what your evaluator deems it to be
same way my state only requires "progress" so that means no testing EACH year-we have no mandates either