Year round homeschooling can put fear into the hearts of many public school students. For homeschoolers, however, it can be a natural occurrence, not to mention, necessary.
Q. I am homeschooling and am tempted to homeschool my kids year round. What is your opinion on year round homeschooling, and how should I go about it?
A. When homeschooling, it doesn’t makes sense to turn off learning at certain parts of the year, so year-round homeschooling makes sense. Still, you may want to cut back some during the summer months and holiday seasons.
I like to reserve our summer months for finishing any curriculum that we didn’t finish during the school year, like the last two chapters of science, or the remainder of the Spanish DVD’s. In addition to that, I like for the children to keep doing math year round. If they were to finish Algebra 1 in May, for example, I would have them continue into Algebra 2 the very next week and do that over the summer.
Homeschooling year round serves a couple of purposes. First, it allows the children to learn at their own pace without feeling rushed. If they need more time to finish certain subjects, they are free to take it. In addition, in areas such as math, where a student can forget important information over the summer, homeschooling year round allows you to move forward without having to spend a month reviewing at the beginning of each school year.
Homeschooling year round doesn’t mean that the child should do lessons every week day, all year round. After all, it only takes 180 days to complete a school year. Instead, it allows the family to take extra time off during the holidays and to drop everything and go on an impromptu vacation without worrying about falling behind academically. In my family, we typically take off from Thanksgiving to January 1st, take an extra week at Easter, and then take off the last two weeks of summer before officially starting the next school year.