View Poll Results: Homeschool year-round?

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  • Yes

    28 75.68%
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    4 10.81%
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    Default Homeschool year-round?

    Do you homeschool year-round? What are your thoughts on this?
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    I voted 'yes' to year-round.
    However, my children do very little formal schoolwork.
    Since they are starting 6th grade next year, I should probably add more book work. But at this time we are continuing with our 'Homeschool Lite' throughout the year.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    We had terrible past experiences with getting back to work after taking summer breaks, so we will do *school-light* in the summer - I think we will continue US History and complete the RSO Chemistry we started. Plus reading.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Prior to the high school years, we used to school year round with a lighter schedule in the summer. However, once part time jobs and dual credit courses started in high school, we all felt they needed some time off.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I homeschool year-round. The delivery of the education might alter then; again I see every waking moment as an educational opportunity.

    Poor kid LOL.

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    Nope. We take a break from structured book work from May-August. It is much deserved.

    Of course that doesn't mean he stops reading and doing and learning and making deep connections in the summer, but it's not formal. I used to count that as "school" when he was younger, but I don't anymore. It's just life.
    Mama to one son (12)

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    I found getting back after Christmas *really* hard this year, so we are going to take a two week break while friends are staying then ease back into things (he really wants a chemistry set, so we'll play with that and do more relaxed stuff). We're also taking most of September off to visit family in Europe, so we will have a break then. So more maybe that we have an odd schedule, but I like the idea of sticking to short breaks and having a lighter daily schedule and more field trips through the year.
    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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    We do more formal bookwork from mid September through the end of May, with breaks of 1-3 weeks here and there as dictated by life events, illness, or holidays. June, July, and August is more laid back in that we do far less formal book work. We still review math and handwriting. We take a lot of educational trips, DS reads all the time. Science is continuous as interests dictate. I try to get him doing something creative as art once a week over the summer. Music is a daily thing for DS. He practices and explores and writes and listens all throughout the day. We spend a lot of the summer months on life skills - cooking, laundry, organization skills, gardening, learning about money/finances/insurance, volunteer work, etc. Last summer we had an old wood cabinet DS wanted to redo for his room, so he learned those skills - sanding, painting, removing and adding hardware, etc. In addition we try to focus on fitness - either at home or through a class. We hike a lot. He's done yoga, karate, swimming, and this summer is exploring fencing. I guess we go more "unschool-like" over the summer. DS learns a lot, though, but I don't plan multiple lessons each day like we do during our school year. When I look over our year and add it up, I guess we really only do "formal" scheduled lessons a little more than half of a calendar year, and the rest is experiences, explorations, classes and events with our homeschool group and independent study/work.
    homeschooling one DS, age 13.

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    DS thrives on routine, so I avoid long breaks. We do different (and possibly less) stuff in July and August, but every weekday is a school day unless there's some reason why not.
    Mama of one DS, class of 2026;
    recovering schoolteacher;
    lifelong bookworm

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    I haven't tried it yet, but I really like the idea of doing 6 weeks on, 1 week off. Thanksgiving through early January off, too. Should give us a 5-week break in the summer before starting with new materials or a new "grade."

    I used to be really against the idea of year-round schooling, but that was before we moved to an area that gets a whole lot of 90+ temps all summer long. It's just way too hot to be doing anything outdoors, so we might as well have something schoolish to work on, and take advantage of the outdoors when it's nicer.

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