One of the most important things that I have learned about homeschooling is that it doesn't have to look like "school at home."
While this concept includes the traditional learning style of textbooks and notebook paper and the 8:00AM to 3:00PM mentality, I have found that it also reaches much deeper than that.
It also includes the yearly homeschool schedule.
We homeschool year-round, and it works great for our family. Here are a few reasons why:
Flexibility in Our Schedule.
Instead of 36 weeks of the year to complete school, we have 52 weeks. This allows for a day off here and there for whatever reason without having to stress about it.
Our school fits around our life instead of our life being shaped by school.
More Frequent Breaks.
Homeschooling year round allows for more breaks during times when we want a break. We choose not to take a long summer break, but instead take more frequent breaks throughout the year.
We typically take a long break between Thanksgiving and Christmas to enjoy extra activities and to focus on the meaning of the holiday season. And in the Spring when the weather is nice, we take more time off then as well.
We also greatly enjoy off-season vacations when the rates and crowds are lower.
To Make Learning a Lifestyle.
I grew up in a typical public school setting (as most children do) where school begins in the fall and ends at the beginning of summer.
But as I teach my own children, I have discovered that I want them to think of school as more than just a fall to summer occurrence.
I don't want them to be trained to take a vacation from learning. I want them to enjoy learning and not see it as a task to be completed.
I want my children to view learning as a lifestyle.
Do you homeschool year-round? How does it work for your family?
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