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The Benefits of Homeschooling Year Round

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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.

 

 

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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.

Less Stress

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?

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply T.M. Brown

    I have a good number of friends who homeschool year round and they love it for the exact reasons you list above. For us, while the learning never stops, homeschooling is best done when sticking to a standard school year. I homeschool our youngest (for health reasons) and it just works best that we keep to the school schedule both of his brothers have in traditional brick and mortar schools. There is always that chance – in our situation – that he could go back into the traditional classroom, so we want him to be prepared. It is all about finding what works for your family. Great piece!

    July 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thank you! We love our schedule but it’s not everyone. Sounds like you made the best choice for you and your family 🙂

      July 7, 2017 at 1:53 am
  • Reply Claire

    I love this! I don’t have school aged kids yet, but we are already considering homeschooling. I was homeschooled 11 years nad loved it. I’m of the mindset that school never ends because every opportunity is a chance to learn. I think year round means you don’t have to do weeks of review of the previous year when a new school. Year begins which means more learning. Way to go momma!

    July 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Claire!

      July 7, 2017 at 1:49 am
  • Reply DeeJay | Life with Littles

    I love the 5:1 schedule. In a sense it prepares them for college quarters! Also prevents burnout. I am slowly convincing myself that homeschooling is the way to go. I am so pinning this for future reference.

    July 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks DeeJay!

      July 7, 2017 at 1:48 am
  • Reply Clearissa Coward

    You have given some great reasons for homeschooling. I especially like avoiding summer amnesia. Great article.

    July 7, 2017 at 12:17 am
  • Reply April Kitchens

    I think homeschool year round is a great idea and what we plan to do. Learning does not have a start and stop time.

    July 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Bailey

    Huge fan of this! That’s how my mom homeschooled me.

    July 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    We experience all of the same benefits. I will admit, I’m a little more relaxed during the summer time because there seem to be more activities going on during the summer since other friend’s children are off, but we still get our work done. My son also retains more information as you said. Nice article.

    July 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Adaleta

    I think it could be cool for continuous learning and being able to take vacation whenever is awesome

    July 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Rachel Ritlop

    There are definitely some great benefits to homeschool!

    July 9, 2017 at 1:41 am
  • Reply Terryn Winfield

    We are entering our 8th year of homeschool! We do school year round and take breaks as needed. We are getting ready to start our new year at the end of this month. I am actually starting a 10 day homeschool planning series on my blog tomorrow!

    July 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Terryn. I’ll have to check it out!

      July 11, 2017 at 1:05 am
  • Reply Roxanne

    YESSSS to everything you just said! We are year round homeschoolers, and I absolutely love it. I think the biggest advantage of schooling year round is that I never feel like we are “behind” since our schedule is so flexible and not as compact as a traditional school year. The biggest disadvantage we are currently experiencing is my children getting older and being a little grumpy about the schedule. My two older children will work ahead now so they can have an extra day off to just be with friends. So in the end it is not really a disadvantage… They may have complained a little bit, but it motivated them to get ahead to have more freedom when they need it.

    July 16, 2017 at 1:27 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Roxanne! My kids are still little so I haven’t had to experience any grumpy moods yet (at least due to wanting to hang out with friends 😆). I love that you let them work ahead to get extra days off to be with them. That’s what I love about homeschooling. You have the flexibility and freedom to work school into your life however you wish.

      July 17, 2017 at 1:57 am
  • Reply Jen

    We homeschooled year-round from the start, at my son’s request. We loved it! It just proved to be such a better schedule for us. I love the points you made in your article! It really is less stressful and closer to real life. Now that my son is in college, I’ve also found that it helped him develop a mindset of constant learning – it’s not just restricted to the classroom or syllabus!

    September 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Alison Agnew

    Year-round homeschooling is not for us, but I know it works well for many families, and I can see why. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    October 2, 2017 at 1:02 am
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