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    I think in addition to what MHA said, our local schools take a week off for thanksgiving and a Ski Week in Feb (I think Presidents Week is how it was rebranded). Our charter officially starts in September, and ends in June, but we also dont have “snow days”. If we have a bad firestorm, sometimes that gets us a week “off” but because we are primarily a homeschool, it is assumed we carry on.
    And like MHA, the official school year has a start date, but for us, thats just when I pay more attention to paperwork.

    I couldnt imagine trying ON PURPOSE to have the same vacation days as everyone else! We like March and October, but right now honestly Id just like any vacation. (Las Cruces got cancelled this April )
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Most schools I've ever experienced just gave a three day weekend for President's day but I have heard of places giving a Ski week or a hunting week or other breaks for things that are local and a lot of parents would pull their kids out of school anyways to go do those things. They usually make up for it by having a slightly earlier start date than other schools or go a little further into June than most schools.

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    Kids here get a long weekend for Balloon Fiesta called Fall Break. When I was young, we got time off for the State Fair.
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    Ok, your public school has a lot more days off than ours. Ski week and hunting week sound like they would be busy times to go skiing/hunting.

    We also try to take our vacations during term time so that it is nice and quiet and cheaper.

    It is just our breaks from me actively expecting school work to be completed that we end up synching with public school. Mainly because there is so much on in terms of dance, pony camp, play dates, and activities that it would drive me a little insane to try to school work as well.

    The family that we met that schooled year round did not really take weeks off at a time (as a break from school work). They would do like a 4 day week every single week so they had extra time to do other things. They would obviously take time off for the odd vacation but otherwise they did a 4 day week for the entire year.

    Sorry for hijacking your thread original poster!
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
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