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Schooling year round?

post #1 of 10
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We've always gone year round, mostly because it seems like with a huge break, we have trouble getting back into the rhythm of things. 

 

Do you 'do' school year round? Or do you take time off during the summer like the traditional schools in your area? Or maybe the traditional schools go year round, so you fit your schedule around that?  What do you do and why? 

post #2 of 10

We are just getting started but will be schooling year round. I honestly don't see the point of taking a big break. Shoot if we take a week off I can tell, it's like info starts falling out of his brain. As a practical matter we have to travel for work about 9 weeks a year. We have a fifth wheel so we can school while we travel but inevitably we miss a day here or there when DH and/or I have to work a conference. I figure if I'm consistent we can get about 46 weeks in a year which allows us a week for the winter holidays, etc.

post #3 of 10

I've been leaning towards year-round schooling, with summer being a lighter schedule time.  I've been debating when I want to "officially" start this next school year.

 

It's kind of funny - I always was irritated with public schools that went year-round, because it made it hard to schedule summer camps and events geared at children.  But, as a homeschool parent, I want to school year-round so we have the flexibility to take off weeks at other times of the year.

post #4 of 10
It's up to our older dd (11) when she takes breaks but I imagine she'll do a lot less because her neighborhood friends are all off from public school. Seems like once they hit middle school it ate up SO much time.
post #5 of 10
We year round and on a non-traditional (for America) schedule. We school Jan to November (roughly). We take breaks but I didn't see a point in stopping for Summer. This schedule allows for more time off during December, which just plain made sense to us.
post #6 of 10

We are doing year round schooling.  This first year we're working really hard to provide a lot of structure to the kids, both of whom have issues we feel will benefit from a firm schedule etc.  (DS has ADHD, for example.)  We're even doing six days a week because nonstructured days have a way of throwing them for a loop...  But eventually the plan is to take a month off for winter holidays, a month off for summer holidays, and about a week off for each of the other six holidays we celebrate.  We're Pagan, so we have eight equally spaced holidays throughout the year - the solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days.  Simple enough - also rather simple to coordinate vacations etc.  FWIW we are doing a local 4-H camp and in the next couple of years plan on doing several other camps (live on a farm for two weeks, do a historical camp, etc.) - but I actually count that as part of the curriculum for the summer.

 

If they got to be older and wanted the "long and uninterrupted" days of summer to be creative, etc., I'd absolutely be on board.  But right now, they still need a bit more structure and attention.
 

post #7 of 10

We don't do much "school" (i.e. structured academic work) but what we do occurs entirely according to our natural calendar, and not according to some institutional concept of when academic work begins and ends. Things change flavour in the warmer months, for sure. We spend a lot more time outdoors, and there are a number of workshops my kids usually enroll in, so there are weeks where academic work is considerably less likely to get done, but it's not off the table, and I'm often surprised when my dd comes home from a day at the beach and wants to sit on the front deck with a glass of iced tea and work on math or some such.

 

miranda

post #8 of 10

We unschool, so school is all day, every day.  :D  We do have our homeschool co-op that meets during the school year, so there's that.  But we just kinda do whatever we want to, and just roll with what each day/season throws at us.

post #9 of 10

We homeschool year round.  A lot of what we do isn't all that much like school, and isn't anything we need a break from so we can enjoy the summer - it's just part of enjoying the summer.  But we're not unschoolers and I also ask the kids to do some schoolish things that they might rather not do (math, writing, etc.)  And we do some of that year round.  That way there's less pressure to fit a lot of it in a day.  We spend more time outside in the summer, but we spend so little time doing sit-down pencil and paper stuff that we don't really need to cut back on it to make time for collecting insects or going on hikes.

post #10 of 10

Up until this past year we were purely unschooling, so we didn't have any real distinction between summer and the school year. However, this past year I introduced some sit-down work with the kids (Dreambox online math curriculum). This is our first summer having done such work and I've decided I need to keep up with it through the summer (although we will definitely have some breaks what with vacations, day camps, etc.)

 

I have decided to do this mostly because my kids are both on the autism spectrum and it was really hard to get them to sit down and do the work at first. But it turns out they do well with a regular routine, so after a short while of doing it regularly (2 - 3 times per week) I found they were much less resistant, more willing and engaged, etc. and it flowed pretty smoothly. When I dropped the ball for a couple weeks I found it was hard to get them started up again. This is especially true for my son who is more prone to explosive behaviour. So I decided to stick with it simply to save myself the hassle of going through the resistant phase when we start up again in the fall. 

 

I also plan on introducing more planned work this fall, so want to prepare them by working through the summer. 

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