The following is a post from contributing writer, Michelle Cannon of The Holistic Homeschooler.
As Summer quickly approaches, many homeschool families are preparing for a summer break. Our family, however, will continue through the summer with homeschool lessons because we homeschool year-round.
6 Reasons We Homeschool Year-Round
Homeschooling year-round affords us:
Continual progress – Frequent, short breaks mean we can pick up where we left off rather than spend time reviewing material. This helps us to continually progress.
Flexibility – Our schedule may be marked to take the months of March, July and November “off” from homeschool, but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. Perhaps we missed a day or a week here and there due to work, special needs issues, or activities. We can use that month for “make-up” time.
Freedom – That flexibility allows us time for other things. If we want to go camping for a week, we can. If we want to spend a week doing nothing, we can. After all, we have an entire year to get our curriculum completed.
Less homeschool burnout – Regular, frequent breaks means we don’t suffer burnout as often. In our homeschool, we take a month-long break every three months. Three months is a pretty short time for focusing on homeschool lessons. Just as we start feeling unmotivated or tired, it’s time for an entire month off!
Time to Focus – If my children are struggling in an area, there’s plenty of time to work on it until they’ve mastered the skill.
Time to Enjoy – Perhaps there’s no struggling to master a skill. Perhaps we’ve taken a rabbit trail that greatly interests us. That’s okay too. We have plenty of time to enjoy a particular book or study.
These are the reasons my family enjoys this schedule. It works for us.
What type of schedule does your homeschooling family use?
Michelle is a single mom homeschooling the last two of her five children. Read more from her at The Holistic Homeschooler where she blogs about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.
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