Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
Since the majority of homeschooling parents weren’t actually homeschooled ourselves, we tend to have a conventional schooling outlook–often without realizing it. Our mind thinks of education in chunks–8am to 3 pm, six week sessions, summers off.
Yet as we progress on our homeschooling journey we slowly become more comfortable with our new freedom as a family. It feels empowering to realize we set the schedule. We start to question all those “norms” and educational stereotypes we grew up with.
I’m big on freedom at home (My latest ebook attests to that fact) because I’ve seen that the more freedom we have, the more we enjoy our lives. And the more we enjoy them, the more we’re able to focus on something beyond ourselves.
Our family decided to school year-round because:
- I wanted our children to see learning as life–not something segregated to certain hours
- it gives us the ability to take off and change up our routine anytime we need to throughout the year (without worrying about meeting minimum requirements of hours/days of school.)
- it lends flexibility for traveling throughout the year–the ability to say yes to any opportunity that comes along
- it lends a helpful structure to summer days that might otherwise veer toward chaos
- it gives us plenty of free time all year-round
I don’t think year-round schooling is the only way to homeschool effectively. Each family should create their own schedule that meets the unique needs of their children. Which brings me to our question for today:
Do you homeschool year-round? Why or why not?
- Why we school year-round
- Creating a homeschool schedule
- Simple summer school @ The Dynamo Rhino
- Why year-round homeschooling is good for my sanity @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers