We like taking fall, longer holiday, and spring breaks to spend time with extended family, and because we like to take vacations in the off season ($ savings).
Year round takes the pressure off in case you have some day’s where “Murphy” shows up, or life just happens, and the books need to be put on the shelf for a while.
It leaves enough time every day to do the house work, and be involved in activities outside the home as well.
We do not have set times during the day either, since not every child is a morning child; unlike their mother.
One of the primary reasons we chose this is because where we live, the average temp for most of the year is in the 70s, except in the summer where it is hot, sticky and rains every day, so we pretty much will do structured work more often from June-Sept, when we’re in the house more often, and get more relaxed in the Spring and Fall, when the weather is just beautiful– that’s when we take the majority of our field trips or do outdoor activities or take classes.
One of the things I like best about homeschooling is that we can go by our own schedule rather than the schools. So that means year-round schooling when it suits us, or taking more breaks in the Fall or Spring, or working in the evenings or on weekends as opposed to only weekday mornings-early afternoons. Our time is our own, and we plan our activities for when they best fit into our schedule.
Honestly, much of the time the summer weather here is way to hot to do anything during the day anyway, so he gets bored if he’s not doing school 🙂
We try to keep up with math in the summer but other then that we take a break.
I have a lot of friends that hs right through and take more breaks throughout the year. It works for them
You need to do whatever works for your family. That’s the joy of hs’ing. It’s very individual.
That being said – we have taken to slacking a bit during the summer months. It is near impossible to get my child to focus on her schoolwork when her friends are all outside playing.
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