Do you begin your year planning on following the local school-district's calendar only to find that: 1.You don't need all the teacher in-service days. 2.Who needs President's Day off (although that is nice)? 3.Out-of-town company likes to visit conveniently in the middle of a school week (even though we do enjoy grandpa a lot), and you now feel like you're a whole week behind. 4. Your husband's job is odd, like mine, and his vacation time comes during the school year (he also has Mondays off, which makes Saturday-school necessary).
I find all of this missed school a challenge and feel stressed to accomplish everything I want to get done; therefore homeschooling year-round makes sense as a workable solution.
The Benefits of Homeschooling Year-Round
- Homeschooling year-round provides a consistent structure which is a huge benefit to younger children in particular. Without the long summer break, younger children retain information better and don't require as much review. It also helps to keep their days structured. It can be a challenge for my young children to adapt back into a school schedule after a lot of time off.
- It gives more time to dive more deeply into areas of interest. I often feel that we are spending all of our time on the basics. I long for more time to explore what my children are interested in!
- This schedule grants flexibility for special opportunities. Next month we will be attending a play. Sometimes the library has special events, or maybe an opportunity arises to go on a trip. Without being locked into a strict school schedule, you can take advantage of these opportunities.
- More can be accomplished in a grade year. You have more time as well as more retention for material.
- It is simply laborious to prepare review material and to spend the first few months of school on reviewing what you learned the year before. Less reviewing is required with schooling year-round since you have taken less time off.
- You and the kids won't burn out as much since you take more frequent breaks. For me, the stretch from January to March is long, and I feel more burnt out and less organized.
- With breaks scheduled year-round, you have more opportunities to adjust your teaching techniques and curriculum. If something is not working, you now have time to figure out how to change it.
- You can go places when other people are in school! Fewer crowds make places like the zoo or the museum much more appealing.
This type of schedule can truly benefit our homeschooling family, and possibly yours as well. It's not for everyone, but perhaps if you face some of the same challenges, it can meet some of your needs and make homeschooling less stressful and more fun for your whole family.
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