With summer right around the corner (or perhaps already here for those of us who live on the sun…er…Florida) I have noticed a lot more discussions on whether or not to homeschool year round. Just like every other homeschool related topic, there are some very strong opinions both for and against year-round schooling. My stance on pretty much every topic will always be to do what is best for your family! Education is definitely not “one size fits all”! What works perfectly well for my family might be a terrible fit for yours! So, how do you decide what to do?
For my husband and I, this was one topic that we didn’t have to think too much about. We both agreed from the beginning that we wanted to homeschool year-round. Most of our reasoning behind this was that we wanted flexibility! We wanted to be in control of our schedule. This was part of the reason we decided to homeschool…we wanted to be in control of our life. We wanted time to do the things that interested us! Homeschooling year round is allowing us to do that! If we want to spend a beautiful day at the beach…we can do that! If we get involved in learning about a specific subject we can devote extra time to it and not worry about missing out on our math lesson for that day! If we feel the need to go to Disney on a Tuesday…we absolutely go! If we, oh I dont know, decide to pack up our entire life in NH and move to FL we can take a few weeks off of school to do so!
Another big reason for this decision was the desire to avoid the dreaded “summer slide”. I wanted to keep our learning momentum going. When we started school last September we had a lot of re-learning to do. I am sure part of that was because it was our first year homeschooling and we had a whole different dynamic to get used to, but I also think that after 2 months of not practicing the skills they learned, they forgot a lot.
I know that a lot of people who are against year round schooling will say that the kids need a break to enjoy the summer. I absolutely agree! We will not be in school 8 hours a day 5 days a week…we don’t do that during the year! Our schedule will be very relaxed. We will have lots of beach days and pool days and pajama days! We aren’t burnt out from the year…I think that is in part due to our relaxed schedule! The kids are ready to keep going! We have loved our first year of homeschooling and are so excited to keep learning!
What are your thoughts? Do you homeschool year-round or do you take a summer break? What is your schedule like? How do your kiddos feel about school during the summer?