After last year’s fiasco of trying to follow the local public school calendar, we have returned to homeschooling year round. I mistakenly thought that it would be easier for us to do Logan’s high school years in a more traditional format. Why I thought this when nothing traditional has ever worked for us when it comes to education is beyond me. I really think I got so overwhelmed by the thought of high school that I thought I needed to fit a mold. Ha! Those that know me well will get quite the belly laugh out of that thought!
Homeschooling year round for us means that we have lessons for 13 weeks, have a week of finals, then take 2 weeks off to relax. The only exception to this is from Thanksgiving to the first Monday in January. We take that entire time off from formal lessons because of Thanksgiving, 2 birthdays (one being mine), and Christmas. It is such a sensory rich time of year which requires extra down time for everyone, most especially Logan with his autism. Now I say we take it off from formal lessons but I do offer lots of fun activities and readings about the season. It’s my children’s one chance at unschooling for the entire year.
- No need for constant review. Since the children only get 2 weeks off, we don’t need to review previous material before continuing on with the new stuff. Now if there is some struggle in a specific area, then we will backtrack and review as needed.
- It maintains routine. Most children, with or without autism but most especially with, crave order and routine. They claim to love the care free lifestyle but let’s face it, they really want structure. A few weeks off is enough time in our house to recharge and start getting antsy. That is a sure fire sign that we need to get going again on lessons.
- We can take days off whenever we need or want to for therapy appointments and field trips without feeling guilty. It’s like having built in grace days. So when opportunity for fun arises, most likely we can say yes. Not always but most likely.
- We can do all the fun experiments and activities that go along with the lesson plans. My kids are visual learners. They retain information better by seeing it done in front of them. This schedule allows us to slow down the pace of the curriculum so that we can accentuate it visually.
- Most importantly, it allows us to add lots and lots of community service to our homeschool. I want my children to be servant leaders. I want them to be Jesus to others by serving their needs when they can. The only way they are going to learn this is to do it from a young age alongside their parents. Sort of a teach by example moment. If this is all they learn in our homeschool, then I will consider it a success.
Those are my top 5 reasons for homeschooling year round. While this schedule doesn’t work for everyone, it fits our family especially well. That’s really the beauty of homeschooling, right? You get to make the schedule that fits your family. So, tell me some of your reasons for homeschooling year round if you do or why you don’t . I always love to peek into other homeschools. Thanks for peeking into mine!
Penny is a fun mom who lives in Florida with her handsome husband and beautiful children. She is often seen in flip flops striving to be the fantabulous wife and homeschool mama that God created her to be. You can follow their hilarious adventures through homeschooling, autism, and princess in training at her blog, Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland, on her Facebook page or on Twitter.