Here in our house, we’re homeschooling year round.
I know…. the horror!! I can almost hear you all gasp in disbelief. When I tell people that we’re homeschooling year round, I usually get weird looks and a variety of responses that can all be summed up as “How could you do that to your kids!”. For us, and I truly mean us (not just me), there are so many benefits. We honestly love our schedule and I’ve come up with a few reasons why.
The Freedom and Flexibility of Homeschooling Year Round
We love the freedom and flexibility homeschooling year round has. While we do have a schedule that we try to stick to we’re free to change our days when necessary. We can schedule appointments for anytime of the day and go on vacation whenever we want, for as long as we want. We can take impromptu field trips, take the day off when one of the kids are sick or when we’re just having one of those days, if you know what I mean.
Less Burn Out for Both Myself and The Kids
When we’re homeschooling year round, there’s always a break just around the corner. For kids that go to school, they have 2 weeks off at Christmas, a week off for March Break, 2 months off for summer holidays and some random P.A. days scattered through the year. While we don’t take the summer off, we do a 5 week on and 1 week off schedule. That means, throughout the entire year, we do school for 5 weeks and then get 1 week “holidays”. We also take a 3 week break over Christmas, a 3 week break in the summer and a few 2 week breaks throughout the year when we’re just feeling like we need it. This way, we still end up doing the same amount of school as other kids, it just gets divided up among the year more evenly.
We love this schedule! When we’re having a particularly difficult week, we know that there’s always a break coming soon which gives us motivation to keep plugging through. It also helps keep the kids more engaged in their schoolwork when they know they only have a few weeks at a time.
Avoidance of The Summer Induced Amnesia
With the kids only taking short breaks throughout the year, the “summer induced amnesia” or the “summer slide” is a non issue. This just means that with only 3 weeks vacation in the summer, they won’t forget what they learned from the year before when starting a new grade. When in school, the first few weeks when you get back from summer holidays is always review to make sure that you remember concepts from last year in order to be more successful this year. For us homeschooling year round, we need to do less review when coming back from summer holidays and more learning of new concepts right off the bat.
More Consistency In Their Routine
It’s no secret that kids thrive on consistency. It helps them take charge of their own independence and helps to eliminate power struggles within your household. With homeschooling year round, our schedule stays pretty consistent for the most part. Yes, we occasionally take days off here and there but we’re usually pretty good with sticking to our schedule. The kids always know how our days will go and what’s expected of them. With only short breaks throughout the year, our schedule stays pretty consistent even during weeks off. Sure we may not be doing school work, but we keep pretty busy and the kids seem to enjoy it.
Homeschooling can be stressful at time. Are you doing enough? Are they grasping concepts? Are you moving too fast through subjects? When homeschooling year round, you have the option to slow down and take things at your own/their pace. You don’t have to stress about getting it all done before summer vacation. If your child is not grasping concepts, you have extra time to go through subject to make sure that they fully understand. In our homeschool, I have a few extra weeks of vacations to play with that I can add on at any time. If they’re having a hard time with a particular subject, we just take a bit of extra time to go through it. There’s so much less stress and I don’t have to feel like I’m on a strict time frame.
Real Life Practice
Hello! In real life, we don’t get the summers off. Wouldn’t it be nice if we did though? Yes, I fully understand that they are kids and that they need substantial play time but they totally get that with homeschooling year round. In our homeschool, we only do school for a few hours in the morning, 4 days a week (more on that in another post). We have tons of play time! Our afternoons and Fridays are free to do social activities, go on field trips, go to the park, play with toys, play with play dough, do crafts, ride bikes and go for walks, just to name a few things. My kids are definitely not missing out on any summer play time. If anything, we get more play time than some other kids I know.
Check out this post to hear the top 5 questions that I get asked as a homeschool mom.
Are you homeschooling year round? What are some of the benefits or even disadvantages that you find it has?