Why Homeschooling Year-Round Works for Us
As you may know, our family chooses to homeschool year round. I’ve had some people ask us why in the world we would want to do that. Here’s why homeschooling year round works for us.
“Don’t you get tired of school?”
“Don’t your kids get tired of school?”
“How do you survive without summer vacation? Or Spring Break?”
It always makes me chuckle a bit when people assume that year-round homeschoolers don’t get a break.
In all seriousness, we all need a break. Whether it’s a break from school, a break from work, or even a break from parenting. I don’t think anyone can maintain a firm grip on their sanity when they don’t take time for themselves, for their well-being, and step away from the rigors of life, if only for 30 minutes, to recollect and rejuvenate.
With that being said, you may be surprised to learn about some of my family’s favorite benefits of year-round homeschooling. If you have a few minutes to stick around, I’d love to share them with you.
Our Top 5 Reasons for Homeschooling Year-Round
It Accommodates a Flexible Schedule
Because we homeschool all throughout the year, we don’t have to follow the typical 5-day-a-week model. Of course the 5 day plan is always available if that’s your ambition. However, if schooling just 3 to 4 days a week is a better fit for our schedule, then we can do that as well. This not only frees up time for other things throughout the day such as social activities, extracurricular activities, homeschool co-ops, and other activities, it also prevents us from working at a rapid pace. This also worked very well for us when we were an Active Duty Military Family.
It Allows Room for a Slower Pace of Learning
Rather than expecting our children to catch on to new concepts quickly, we have the flexibility to adapt to their needs and learning pace without stressing ourselves out about the approaching end of the semester or school year. With a typical school schedule, you have around 36 weeks in which to accomplish your educational goals. With year-round homeschooling, you have 52 weeks to accomplish the goals. If you have a struggling learner, this schedule can work out great for you. On the flip side, if your child is a fast learner, they have more time in the year to get ahead or hone their skills in a variety of subjects!
You Have More Time to Pursue “Rabbit Trails”
When you’re working on a time-limited schedule, it can make you less apt to stray from your learning path. However, when you homeschool year-round, there’s not as much pressure to get through your to-do list in a set time frame. If you have more than one child, chances are each of them have different interests. Even if you have just one child, chances that child has more than one interest as well. Homeschooling year round affords you the time to pursue unplanned paths that your child is interested in. Of course, this is one of the benefits of homeschooling in general – it’s just amplified a bit more for year-round homeschoolers.
It Accommodates Special Family Situations
Another thing we love about homeschooling is that it fit our family’s specific situation. As a military family, it was important that we be able to take advantage of my husband’s availability. I’m sure that other military wives (and husbands) can relate to this. When your spouse is often away from home (whether because of their work schedule, deployments, TDY’s, etc.), the time they are home with no responsibilities from work becomes extra special. I didn’t want for us to spend that precious time focused on school work. By homeschooling year-round, we are able to work our schedules around my husband’s without sacrificing my children’s education. If you have a special family situation that calls for more freedom in situations such as mine, year-round homeschooling might be for you.
More Vacation Time
Last, but not least, our vacation time is less limited. We may not do your typical 3 month summer vacation, but we have ample vacation time spread throughout the year. If we want to take off for 3 months throughout the year (for example in February, June, and December), we can do that. Some year-round homeschoolers set a rotation of 6 weeks of school and 2 weeks off. We have taken extended summer vacations to see different areas of the country or take advantage of warmer weather. We have also taken a short summer vacation and extended our winter and Christmas vacation just to avoid cabin fever during bad weather spend this time with family and friends further south. In short, year-round homeschooling allows you ample time for vacation. Hence my inward chuckling.
I hope that this has shed a some light on why my family in particular enjoys the freedoms of year-round homeschooling. If you’ve been considering it and have any questions, feel free to email a comment or question here.