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    Quote Originally Posted by ChildoftheMoon View Post
    I cannot wrap my mind around homeschooling my 7 kids on that insane schedule!
    Ooh...that's an aspect I hadn't considered either. Large family homeschooling and trying to fit everything into a traditional nine month plan. Yeesh!


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    I've done both regular 9 month years and year round and I much prefer year round.

    In addition to the reasons everyone else gave, it makes planning a lot easier for me. We school for 6- 8 weeks at a time with no more than 2 weeks off in between, typically only 1 week though. I only have to plan and have ready 6- 8 weeks at a time which is so much less daunting than planning a whole year or even a semester at a time.

    An added bonus of sorts of planning and schooling this way is the ability to add child/interest led learning without feeling like my best laid plans are being derailed. By extension, we can also speed up when things are easy and slow down when things are hard without feeling out of sync.

    Last but not least, I can try out a new curriculum and feel like we gave it an honest try for 6- 8 weeks. If it didn't workout, I can try something else the next 6 weeks without feeling like we are floundering midyear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleHillAcademy View Post
    Last but not least, I can try out a new curriculum and feel like we gave it an honest try for 6- 8 weeks. If it didn't workout, I can try something else the next 6 weeks without feeling like we are floundering midyear.
    I'd never thought about that for a reasoning, but I love that!!


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    I year round home-school for a number of reasons. Mostly I like that by spreading it out, we have less to do in a week. This gives kiddos plenty of time for creative play, art, sports, friends etc. Since I think public school is super inefficient, this is probably a play on that. Why do school when my son can do first grade in about an hour of daily work year round, and still meet common core standards?

    As mentioned by others, I also like to encourage learning as a part of life to better oneself, and working year round helps with that too.

    But the straw that broke the horses back: scientific studies show strong evidence that children in year round school retain more and need significantly less review (thereby exaggerating my efficiency model). Not to mention spacing subjects out to not every day, which I do to make school year round, helps vastly in retention according to studies.

    Can you tell I'm a science nut? lol

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    we are just starting out, but year round schooling allows us to take more time off during the " school year" while most kids are in school so we can avoid crowds and then school in the summer while its super hot ( we are in the south) and they wont go outside anyway. the kids are putting up with it for now but i think they will really like it by next summer when they get to experience all the benefits.

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    I never considered NOT going year round. We school through an online charter, but they only require quarterly projects. We do a full curriculum and follow lots of rabbit trails during the traditional school year, then we do a light load of reading, writing, science and math in the summer.

    I enjoy being able to skip a day, or two (or sometimes a week) whenever we want and not feeling guilty or like she will fall behind. I had a major surgery with a three month recovery time this spring and each or our kiddos is up for surgery soon, so flexibility is necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYourName View Post
    I had a major surgery with a three month recovery time this spring and each or our kiddos is up for surgery soon, so flexibility is necessary.
    I'm so sorry. I can't imagine having to deal w/ 3 surgeries in one year. I hope everyone heals quickly.
    Survived our second year of homeschooling. It's been a crazy year, but somehow DD has shown much improvement in the 3 R's. Behavior...not so much.

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    Hello, I have thought about year round homeschooling. I agree that children retain more and you have more options if you find that something isn't working well. I have a question though, with your reporting to the school district, how would that work? We live in Western New York and our family recently moved to a district that I am learning about. My daughter is only 4 so I am not required to file an LOI or an IHIP until the year she is going to turn 6. That is according to the NYS education law CR 100.10. I am unsure where you and your family are located. I am still learning how to use this forum, I'm a newbie. However, any information you could share would be greatly appreciated. Some of this does feel a bit overwhelming. I have and am gathering information sort of early simply so I can be fully prepared and organized once the time comes for me to start reporting to our school district. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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    My youngest son is a special needs student, and cannot take two to three months off. In the past when we took the whole summer off it was like he forgot everything he was working on in the previous school year. It took us months to recover the information he lost, and it was putting him further and further behind. My children are not particularly fond of schooling year round, but it does work for us. I modify our workload for the summer and focus mainly on language arts and math. This modified workload only takes us about 1-1.5 hours each day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina D View Post
    Hello, I have thought about year round homeschooling. I agree that children retain more and you have more options if you find that something isn't working well. I have a question though, with your reporting to the school district, how would that work? We live in Western New York and our family recently moved to a district that I am learning about. My daughter is only 4 so I am not required to file an LOI or an IHIP until the year she is going to turn 6. That is according to the NYS education law CR 100.10. I am unsure where you and your family are located. I am still learning how to use this forum, I'm a newbie. However, any information you could share would be greatly appreciated. Some of this does feel a bit overwhelming. I have and am gathering information sort of early simply so I can be fully prepared and organized once the time comes for me to start reporting to our school district. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
    See if your state/district has a legal start date for homeschoolers. In my state, a school year for all kinds of schools (including homeschools) starts July 1 and ends June 30; we're required to have school in at least 9 of the months in that time, but I choose to use all 12. So I started taking attendance for for 2017-2018 July 3rd and will probably do so until June 29.

    We've always done year-round because 1) my kid hates transitions and I don't want to spend two weeks getting our groove back, 2) summer weather here is miserable and all our grandparent visits, etc., are at other times (a week here and a week there), and 3) I like to do a short school day.
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