• Yes, you CAN homeschool year-round!

    pizap-com15277348810851-jpgOne of the joys of homeschooling is that you are in charge of your homeschool. You may have state requirements that you have to follow, but overall it is YOUR homeschool. What does that mean? It means you get to decide if you are morning homeschoolers or night owl homeschoolers. If you are 7 days a week homeschoolers or if 4 days a week satisfies you just fine. Is roadschooling your thing? Or are you homebodies? As long as you are following your state requirements, there is no wrong way to homeschool. Let me take a minute to share my homeschool story!

    In our first year homeschooling, I had one child homeschooling, and one still in public school. We decided that we would follow the public school schedule because it was easier. We pushed through and ended our school year when his brother did, and we took the entire summer off - a full 3 months. Which, at the time was great because we were accidental homeschoolers, and I basically had 2 weeks to figure out what we were doing. Now, I had a whole summer ahead of me to plot and plan and purchase curriculum! Then by mid-summer, I had 2 homeschoolers. Public school was behind us, and my youngest was chomping at the bit to get started. I decided that after they returned from their grandparent visit, we would start year-round homeschooling.

    If you want to get confused, just Google year-round homeschooling. I mean seriously. The options listed are nuts, especially if you are new to homeschooling. I finally figured out that I could determine my own version of year-round homeschooling.

    My state has no days/hours requirements, so I was able to work around homeschooling for my boys and our family. I run a childcare business out of my home Monday-Friday. Yet, during this time I had my two Friday kids graduate to Kindergarten. I then decided to change my days to Monday-Thursday. Friday was now our homeschool family day. We schooled Monday-Thursday, mainly during naptime. Friday was our day for museums, field trips, and eventually P.E. This is where we met lots of new homeschool friends.

    I decided that we would homeschool the first week of August through mid-June. We would school 9 weeks, take 1 week off, and repeat. The exception would be two weeks off at Christmas and another two weeks in the spring. This worked out quite well for us. The boys had their birthday week off, a spring break to see grandparents, and three day weekends all year. And, I was able to avoid homeschool burnout with those little breaks. The extra benefit was, if we had a curriculum that just was not working out, that week allowed me time to change it without missing a beat.

    Since then, I have talked to many homeschoolers that choose to school year-round. I think the general consensus is that we choose year-round school because we can take time off if needed, we can make up
    days as needed, and if we want to stop and roadschool, we can. If our child has an activity that takes up more time, we can homeschool around it. Plus, it avoids that potential summer slide that happens with too much time off.

    Year-round homeschooling is not for everyone. Standard year homeschooling is not for everyone. If you have been considering becoming a year-round homeschooler, get out your calendar and give it a try. If in 6 months it isnít working, adjust it or go back to your regular schedule. You are still homeschooling, just differently. It could be one of the best things you ever do for your homeschool!
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