Summer vacation vs. year round schooling?
I was wondering the pros and cons of summer vacation vs year round schooling?
We’ve never done year round, but I have thought about trying and seeing if more information is stored instead of having to relearn it.
Anyone is welcome to give me their two cents 🙂
I find homeschooling year around less stressful overall. That said, we’re NOT homeschooling this summer for the first time ever. My oldest has just graduated, so we’re taking a bit of time off since I’ll have two children to school no instead of three.
When my next son graduates in two years we’ll probably drop summers completely. By that time my youngest will likely have a summer job anyway.
Here’s an article I wrote about the benefits of homeschooling year around – https://www.oursmallhours.com/10-benefits-year-round-homeschooling/
We have tried both, and for us, year rounds works so much better. We take the month of December off, we take off when we want to vacation, in the off season months, and my girls don’t forget EVERYTHING they learned throughout the year. When we took off the entire summer, it was as if the first month was all review. We had to relearn our schedules as well. Just too hard for us personally.
We’ve always schooled year-round with random breaks here and there. I try to keep the breaks a month or less since getting back into the rhythms of our homeschooling days gets really hard after such a long break. One thing that helps us tremendously with this schedule is having only 4 day school weeks. The three-day weekends are the best.
I have four kids and three of them are school aged. My oldest is in high school and we have homeschooled for going into our fifth year now. I absolutely prefer year round homeschooling for pretty much the other reasons given by others here. We are able to maintain our schedule and I feel like the quality of my teaching is way better. We are able to really dive into lessons and take our time.
We too school year around, primarily because I work full time. This means that she needs to be occupied and our days need structure for the house to work. On the other hand, it does allow us to be very flexible. Sick days are no problem, days that are just too stressful so let’s stop are no problem, we vacation whenever and at anytime we change direction and never worry if we are getting enough days of schooling in with the year.
I know many families that school specifically through the summer and take off November and December (and a little of the first of January) instead to really immerse and enjoy the holidays. I know other families that school all year so they can take off other times due to the weather in their area to make life easier.
Another thing to consider is that schooling all year allows you to take thing slowly with lots of time for grace.
We created our own yearly schedule to work best with our family. We are mostly unschoolers with just enough pencil-and-paper-at-the-table work thrown in to keep us legal, so a lot of what we call school is hiking, swimming, field trips, classes at the library, drama club, music lessons, blah blah blah. So we school through the summer and take a long winter break. Our school year runs from mid-January to mid/late-October, we school 6 weeks on/1 week off, and we count all the fun summer activities as school. There are lots of events going on here in the summer, but then when the holidays hit, I like to spend a lot of time baking and decorating, and planning for the holidays and the coming school year. Having a winter off works out for us WAY better.
We “officially” take summers off, because our umbrella school encourages it and (more importantly) I need a break to evaluate how the year went and what changes I want to make next year. But we still have things we do every day to add structure to our days. We keep up with Bible and the kids are each doing 2 pages of summer bridge workbooks per day. I intend to count trips to the zoo or other educational activities in the summer as school days on my fall attendance records. I hope that answer helps.