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There is something so precious about the season of summer. Long days, few responsibilities, and lots of fun memories to be made. Yet, there are many homeschool families who choose to forgo those long, lazy days in order to gain the benefits of homeschooling year round. You may not realize it, but there are several advantages of homeschooling year round. Here I break down what I believe are the top reasons to homeschool year round.
First and foremost, homeschooling year round takes the pressure off! Most states require that homeschoolers finish their school year within 180 days. Which means you must get all your curriculum, projects, field trips, etc. done within 180 days. When you are homeschooling year round, that 180 days automatically turns to getting everything done within 365 days. Talk about pressure relief! Now there is time for doctors appointments, extended field trips, family members getting sick, babies being born, friends and family coming to visit, etc.
Because homeschooling year round takes so much pressure off, you have the opportunity to really dive into topics that interest your children. Does your daughter have a love of space? Great, then instead of just a few days studying space, you can spend an extra couple of weeks exploring a space unit with field trips and special projects. My daughter has a passion for cooking and baking. I was able to find a great curriculum that teaches the science within cooking and baking. We took a month off of our normal science curriculum and studied what she loved. Plus we finished our regular science curriculum before our school year ended too!
Foster a Love of Learning
Another benefit of homeschooling year round is that it helps to foster a lifestyle of learning, which can turn into a love of learning for life. Having a culture of continuous learning in your home helps kids develop the habit of learning all the time. Of course, you will have your short breaks now and then, but for the most part kids will be in the routine of learning all the time.
Retain More Information
When kids are in the habit of continuous learning, they are going to retain the information they learn much better. There are several studies that show the more summer breaks children take away from their schooling, the farther behind they get in their education. This is especially true with math. Imagine a school year where you aren’t having to repeat lessons and information that you already taught months before.
Enjoy Your Vacations More
Finally, homeschooling year round allows your family the flexibility to take vacations in the off-season, when rates are lowest and tourists are fewest. A couple years ago, our family went on a spectacular Caribbean cruise in late January, early February, when all the other kids were in school. Our kids were first in line on all the water slides and cruise ship attractions. We were told by the cruise ship employees that the normal wait times for the cruise ship attractions can be an hour or longer during the spring and summer breaks. I don’t think our cruise would have been as great if there were as many lines to wait in.
There is definitely something to be said for the joys of a long, extended summer break. However, when you are homeschooling year round there are so many benefits that cannot ignored. What are some pros and cons of homeschooling year round that you have found? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
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