View Poll Results: How long will your Winter Break from homeschooling be this year?

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  • We won't be taking a winter break this year.

    1 2.27%
  • We'll just be taking days as we need them.

    9 20.45%
  • We're taking a week or more off.

    23 52.27%
  • We're following the public school break schedule.

    5 11.36%
  • We're saving a break for later in the school year.

    0 0%
  • Other (elaborate in the comments)

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    Default Weekly Poll: How long will your Winter Break be (if any) & what will you do with it?

    Ahhhh....winter break. Just the WORDS bring a smile to my face. This year, our break will probably fall pretty closely in line with the public school vacation period, but in the past we've been known to take just a few days off some years and the whole month of December in others!

    Our plans will stay ultra simple this year as I'm still in recovery mode from surgery last month, so we will just be having simple family gatherings and celebrating our normal family traditions.

    What about you? Check off your planned winter break schedule, and then share some of your plans in the comments!
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    Our last day is Friday, Dec. 17th and we will resume classes on Monday, Jan. 3rd.
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    We tend to follow what the public schools do since we have one son still in pre-K there. Just makes it easier to coordinate schedules and make things seem fair. Once we have them both home (probably next school year), things might be different, we'll see. I tend to want to make a schedule beforehand and stick with it, though.
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    I picked other, because we'll be having a summer break

    We take off about 6/7 weeks, so we can catch up with ps friends and family who take holidays then. However, my 6yr old will still be doing shared reading with me most days. And my 13yr old only likes a 2 week break from her studies, so she'll be on 'school-lite' for a month, to keep her hand in.

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    I chose a week or more although technically we too are on summer break! We will have 3-4 weeks depending on how long dh has off work. However my 9 year old beds to finish up his math from this year and will keep doing spelling over the break and my 6 year old will finish her math and continue with her phonics......it's much easier to transition back if we haven't completely slacked off lol!
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    LOL to Mark, I DONT make schedules much! My husband, tho, has extended days off this time, from 12/17 to 12/29. And then there is only one day until new years eve. I might do a light schedule over break (becuase honestly, the boys behave better when I do the minimal school schedule and it only takes an hour), but I REALLY need to focus on getting our history curriculum together. I took it easy by mostly using videos about cosmology and evolution, and now i'm really balking at getting in to 'real' history. I need to sit down and make a plan. I have all the materials I think i need . . . .sigh. Oh, and I must bake pies! cuz I love pies!

    we dont do family holidays - i grew up jewish and the in-laws are in canada. although dh's youngest sister's husband asked if they could come down for xmas some year - he got so sick of the families bickering over who spends what meal with whom, he started spending xmas on the road for some peace.
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    Still a new homeschooler, so my tendency is to want to stick to a strict schedule but in reality we've been relaxing our days lately. We still cover math, language arts, social studies and everything else required by MO, but we've also been playing more games and hitting the library and just hanging out and talking.

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    we will be doing our first trip while HS, fortunately it will include travel by train (lots to learn about for that!) ending in San Fran area and it is packed full of places to visit! so, we will take a few days to catch up with PS friends. This summer will be our first HS summer (late spring), last year we went to Eastern Europe (with NL always included) this year we will start in Frankfurt Germany . . so many options!!!!
    Any suggestions? my boys are 7 and 8 and AWESOME travelers!
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    I was planning on not taking a winter break yet because I am 35 weeks pregnant and wanted to save our break for when the new baby arrives. I'm feeling burnt out and like I need a break, though, so we've been taking days off here and there. We will probably just do light work through the holidays so we don't throw our schedule too off. Plus, doing light work keeps them from running wild through the house and driving me up the wall during this cold weather.

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    I scheduled very light (for the state's purposes) in December because it's always crazy. We have school on Mondays and Thursdays definitely and then it's "practical life" with cleaning, laundry and baking when the other activities aren't in the way.

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