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News from Catholic Homeschooling Resources, Issue #034 - Summer Break vs Schooling All Year
June 09, 2017

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Issue #34 - Summer Break vs Schooling All Year

From Laura's Desk

I'm not sure why it was so strong this year, but man did those first few days of June seem like I had been set free! We just finished our 20th year of homeschooling and I've always taken the summer off. Most years I'm excited to be done, but this year I seemed extra relieved to have three months stretching out in front of me.

Way back when I first started, it seemed that it wasn't necessary to school all year. We got our work done and we didn't really go anywhere, so it was feasible to follow the public school calendar.

As the kids got older and things got more intense, there were a few years where we tried the three week on, one week off schedule. That worked for awhile, but before long I found myself falling back into my old ways.

I'm not sure why, but I just could never wrap my brain around not having the summer off. I know not everyone does that, though. If you're just starting to homeschool, this is something you should think about: Do you want the break over the summer, or would you rather intersperse those breaks throughout the year?

I know people who school all year and take off from Thanksgiving till the beginning of January instead. I can imagine that if you live in the south, working indoors on school during the summer months when it is too hot to be outside would be like us northerners working in the winter when it is too cold to go outside.

Others might like to take breaks throughout the year instead of three months over the summer because of a work schedule; either their own or their spouses.

There are many articles out there about how it is not beneficial to stop work over the summer because so much knowledge is lost by the kids, especially in things like math. This means that a good chunk of time at the beginning of the new school year is spent reviewing and relearning things. This could be a compelling reason to homeschool all year, especially if you have a child with learning difficulties.

On the other hand, you could look at summer time as a chance to take all of the field trips that you didn't get to during the school year. This would definitely keep the kids in the learning mode!

So many things to consider! That's not to say, however, that you can't start out one way and then change to the other. Some years might just lend themselves to shorter, more frequent breaks. Or, if you're having a baby, maybe your three month break will be at another time during the year.

As always, have a plan but be flexible. Consider what your next year will hold and then think about what type of schedule will make it work best for all of you. Each year can be different, if it needs to be. Never feel guilty for changing things up often if it makes it better for everyone.

Me? I've tried schooling over the summer, but we just never get very far. I'm looking forward to these coming few months, but I know just how fast they are going to go.

Have a great summer, whatever it is you are doing! Feel free to share with me how you school, as I always like learning new ways of doing things so that I can share it with others! Thanks for reading, and feel free to share this newsletter with other homeschoolers! The more the merrier :)

Have a great weekend!

Laura Dominick

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