The question of schooling year round plagues not only public schools, but homeschools as well. As a youngster, the thought of year-round school was detestable, but as a teaching mother, I see with clarity the benefits of this concept.
So, rather than debate the topic, I thought I would give you our family’s top reasons for homeschooling year round:
1. Life throws curveballs. Homeschooling year round offers the flexibility to dodge those curve balls without totally losing our footing. Newly pregnant with horrific morning sickness? Take a break! Needing to visit a sick relative? Take a break! A natural disaster occurs that affects your family? Take a break! There is no guilt involved because you will be picking up right where you left off when the time comes.
2. You are not beholden to a calendar. So, junior finishes his math a month early. What do you do? Move on! Little Susie just isn’t getting her grammar? Keep going over it until she does! Of course, these concepts hold true no matter whether you homeschool year round or not, but if you are less dependent on a calendar to tell you when to finish and when to start, you feel more at ease with allowing the children to go at their own pace.
3. No need to take a refresher. There is a reason most books have about 30 lessons of review — summer steals brain cells! We are actually able to skip about 30 lessons in some of our books because we are homeschooling year round. Delightful news for both mom and children!
4. Vacations. Many year round schoolers plan their vacations very deliberately. Some like to school for 9 weeks, then take a week long break. I don’t schedule our vacations because somehow it just all works out. We take a week or two off around Christmas, another week around Easter. Cub Scout camp takes up most of a week, so does Vacation Bible School. That’s 5 weeks of vacation right there. The other two weeks end up getting planned around grandparent visits or family vacations.
Do you officially school year round or do you have any questions about it?