I have been homeschooling for 6 years now. Every year the summer months come and we finish school for the year. We pack up all the curriculum that will be saved and give away what isn’t needed. I give the kids a couple months to just be kids and do whatever. This year things are different. Instead of putting away the curriculum I am looking through it and planning to keep going. I have decided to homeschool year round. I wanted to take a few minutes and share why we are starting year round homeschooling. This might even be just what your homeschool needs.
Why we are starting Year Round Homeschooling
I am really excited for this new adventure. I think it will be a great fit for us and I think it will help my children grow educationally.
Skip the refreshers in Fall – Every year when I take the summer off I spend the first month and a half refreshing things we worked on. Some of the items are completely retaught. This has always driven me crazy. I hate wasting those first three months. This year I decided that I didn’t want to do that again. I wanted to work with the information consistently through Summer so that they can retain more.
Can’t stand the words, “I’m bored.” – They come every Summer. It’s usually about a week into Summer. Once the freedom wears off and the video games get old, the kids start to get bored. We are not doing a full week of school. Instead we will do three days a week. My hope is that the off days will be treasured more because they aren’t the normal for two months straight. There will be plenty of Summer activities but doing their school work through the Summer months releases me from feeling obligated to over-schedule their Summer.
It’s HOT!! – In Central Florida it’s extremely hot in the Summer. Between the heat and humidity it can be easy to dehydrate and overheat. We spend a lot of time indoors because R is prone to migraines that are triggered by heat. By homeschooling through the Summer months we will have the freedom to just go outside and play when things cool down. While we like to do school outside in the Fall, this gives the opportunity to leave the books on the shelf and just enjoy the cooler weather.
Extra-curriculars – R is now in theater and acting. Some stage shows will require a week of dressed rehearsals and tech days. Instead of burning the candle at both ends homeschooling year round gives us the freedom to take these weeks off. She is also doing some film stuff for the local college. Notice can be last minute. This frees us to go when she needs to go without worrying about missing school days.
Slow Down – With a traditional school year I found myself rushing to finish all of the curriculum. While I know you don’t have to finish it all, I still try to complete what we can. With year round schooling I feel like there is less pressure to cram it in before Summer hits. Instead I teach at the rate they learn and I am able to stop when needed to put more focus on a specific topic.
Learning doesn’t stop. – I have never been a fan of summers but felt like the kids needed it. In all reality, learning doesn’t stop just because summer comes. With this setup we can continue our learning and not feel like they are being robbed of their summer. With the 3 day homeschool week, there will still be plenty of time for fun and activities outside of the home as well.
Grown Ups don’t get Summer off. – I think that teaching a child that they will work hard for a few months and then get 2 months completely off is communicating the wrong thing. If I am really focused on raising a child who will grow up and do well in society I think it is perfectly healthy to get them used to a year round schooling option. It will help prepare them for jobs where the will work year round and only get a certain amount of time off.
More time for certain skills. – Because R is dyslexic it can be hard for her to learn certain concepts. Taking a year round approach frees us up to focus on these areas for more time. I love that she will get to spend more time on certain concepts to really understand them better.
Do you homeschool year round? Why?