Three Benefits of Year Round Schooling

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The following post is from contributing writer Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What

For the past couple of years we have been year round schoolers.  People seem to either love this idea or hate it, there doesn’t seem to be much in between.  While it’s not for everyone, for our family it has worked wonderfully.

Our typical schedule is a break during the month of December, I have written before about how we homeschool through the holidays, and another month off in July.  We work in the mornings only for part of May, June, and August.  This leaves us lots of flexibility throughout the year for impromptu trips and field trips.

The benefits of year round schooling for our family include:

1. My children don’t bored, at least not as bored, as they would with having an entire three months off during the summer.  Many of my kids are still young, so boredom translates into whining, fighting and complaining.

I would rather spend some time in the morning being a teacher/mentor/encourager, than spend the whole day playing referee and cruise director.  When mornings are productive with items of my choosing,  the afternoons seem better spent with activities of their choosing.

2.  Important skills are retained.  Since we still spend the bulk of our schooling time working on basic skills like math and   reading, keeping our breaks short helps the information stay readily available in their brains.  That makes life easier for all of us.

3.  Flexibility.  If we get the opportunity to take a field trip or go on another trip sometime during the year, I don’t stress that it eats into our schedule.  This past school year we took a week off at Thanksgiving to visit family in North Carolina, then in February my husband and I took a long weekend in Florida.  The kids went to spend time with grandparents and I didn’t feel like I needed to send school work along with them.

One of the things I love the most about homeschooling is the flexibility.  The flexibility to create a schedule that works best for me and my family.  It’s not necessary to follow a traditional school schedule, unless that works for you.

Maybe your family loves to be outdoors in the winter and taking a longer break in January and February is appealing.  Maybe it’s too hot to be outside in July and August, so schooling during those months makes the most sense.  You are in charge of your own schedule, take advantage of it!

 

Jen is a wife to one amazing husband and mom to six energetic kids.  Visit Forever, For Always, No Matter What where she blogs about their Catholic faith, homeschooling and adoption – all while trying to fit in exercise and healthy eating.

Comments

  1. I am with you on all three of those. One of the reasons I homeschool is to experience real life. When we keep a flexible schedule, I feel more comfortable seizing opportunities that take us away from “school”. A fourth benefit, for our family, is accommodating learning disabilities. Time off spells disaster and frustration in that area, so we just keep at it.

  2. Great post Jen! I would love to transition more into a year round school calendar, but I seem to spend weeks and weeks during the summer just planning for the upcoming year :) Maybe one day I’ll do better with schooling more year round…

  3. Katherine says:

    We have done this more because of necessity than actual planning. My mom got very sick in March/April and I was very involved in her care. Because of that, we did not school at all during that time, but have been able to pick up with work during the summer. Though my kids do not like (they see their friends who are out of school for the summer) but I remind them that while their friends were in school, they were hanging out doing much of nothing. We have kind of learned to not see the years as divided, but just running into each other. Life does not happen on 9 month schedules of time. Life is life, and learning happens as life does. One workbook may finish before another, but there is no need to wait for a new school year to start a new workbook.

    • Katherine, this is a great point and I love homeschooling because of the flexibility that it provides to each of us in a different way. I hope your Mom is doing better.

  4. We love year round homeschooling! It gives me even more cushion and flexibility, which helps me not to feel overwhelmed.

  5. Tracey, I would agree with this too. Each family can go at their own pace and its good to not feel overwhelmed!