Considered schooling year round but not sure if you should? One mom shares why she is schooling year round and why maybe it will work for you too!
Oh, this is one of those posts that I was destined to write. Why? Because just a few short months ago I wrote a post about what homeschool moms should NOT be doing in the summer. Now, I am going to be somewhat breaking my own advice 🙂
We have decided to join the ranks of year round homeschoolers. It was not an easy decision, but it is one that we believe is right for our family right now.
Here are three reasons why we are schooling year round!
By schooling year round I feel that we will have more time to get school done. We will have more time for field trips and co-ops, and more time to spend serving the needs in our community and our church. There have been times in the past where we turned down a service opportunity because we had to “do school” and while I know that needs to happen sometimes, I also know that sometimes we need to take time and serve others. Schooling year round will free us up to do more of just that.
Less “Catch up”
I have shared that our first few weeks of school this year were awful. I believe the summer fog hit our homeschool hard. We ended up spending a good 2-3 weeks playing catch up in math. Now, I had plans on making the girls do math a few days a week this summer, but it just didn’t happen. So, by schooling year round we will spend less time stressed out and catching up.
Fits our Needs
For now, schooling year round fits our needs. As a work at home mom, some months are busier than others. If a busy season arises I like knowing we can take a day or two off without it affecting our school schedule. November is a slow time at my husband’s work, taking extra time off will allow us to spend more time with him. Our biggest need right now is flexibility and schooling year round will give us just that.
So, what will our schedule look like? I am loosely planning on the 3/1 schedule. We started school in August so we will take from Thanksgiving until the first of the year off. We will then school January-March and take April off, then May and June with July off. Of course if we have a lot of days in March that we miss, we may take less of in April. Also, if there are field trips and co-ops in off months those will still count towards school days. The key is flexibility. And I believe year round schooling will give us just that!
Are you a year round homeschooler? Why or why not?