The following is a post from contributing writer Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
While I’ve thought about it many times over the 9 years that we’ve homeschooled, we’ve never actually tried year round schooling. It sounds nice, but it has just never quite suited our family. Even though I’ve read the benefits of year round schooling for other families, with three summer birthdays and a late-July curriculum fair, I could never seem to make the schedule work.
Enter Trail Guide for Learning. Our new curriculum, with its six-week units, lends itself so easily to a six-weeks-on/one-week-off schedule.
I kept toying with the idea. As I lay in bed trying to sleep one night, I even mapped out a tentative schedule in my mind. (And I wonder why I suffer from insomnia.) When I got up the next morning and looked at the calendar, the schedule worked just as well on paper as it had in my mind, with one minor adjustment.
(Yes, I am OCD enough that it bothers me that, because of Thanksgiving, it will be five weeks on, one week off, one week on, Christmas break.)
Step One: Figure out schedule. Check.
Step Two: Get the kids on board. I expected some dissension – especially the part where we’ll start school the second week in July instead of the first or second week in August.
There was none. Something about getting a week off at the end of every unit appealed to everybody – even the oldest who isn’t using Trail Guide. While they were a little disappointed at our abbreviated summer break, the appeal of those weeks off during the school year was too strong.
Their only stipulation was that we still get to go swimming during the summer. Hey, every kid is entitled to PE class, right?
So, it looks like we’ll be jumping on the year ’round school bandwagon this year. Wish us luck!
On what type of schedule does your family’s homeschool operate?
Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She chronicles her nearly 90 pound weight loss and transformation from morbidly obese couch potato to half-marathon runner on her fitness blog, Eclipsed.