Over the past 12 plus years we’ve been homeschooling year-round. As we’ve created a lifestyle of learning we no longer need breaks away from because we’re doing what we love. Fun is for all the time and shouldn’t be placed in the “time off box.” This only reinforces in children learning is compulsory and as soon as you get out then you can have fun. Real life includes daily reading, learning, sharpening the mind and working to contribute to greater good all throughout life. When children can learn this from the start they’re privileged, never missing out but rather experiencing more.
“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” –George Whitman
Here are ten benefits of homeschooling year round:
- No more burnout. When most people are stressed and pressed in the spring you’re flowing through the learning because it’s your lifestyle. You’ve created an inspiring learning environment that supports your children learning and every day new discoveries are made and learning is applied. Because learning is naturally flowing with your lifestyle you have flexibility and love what you’re doing.
- Balances everyday life when parents are working and homeschooling. With parents working from home while homeschooling, keeping a year-round schedule has children learning right beside parents who are working. Work does not falter during summer or long breaks because you schedule it around what’s best for the whole family and your work. Now everyone is supported.
- Ideal for the relaxed and most strictly structured homeschools. Homeschooling year-round allows children to learn at their own pace. They have time for when learning is accelerated and when it is slower. If you have a stricter structure and need precise beginning cut off dates you can begin your year either at the beginning of the calendar or fall; you choose. You’ll notice how much easier it is to fulfill the required number of days often times allowing for your children to move ahead if they are so inclined. All homeschoolers must realize the learning that’s taking place 24/7; we’re constantly learning at all ages; we’ve got this more than covered.
- You’re in charge of your schedule. Because learning is a lifestyle, you and your children are learning all the time. You determine your time off and what to have a break from. When you schedule time off it doesn’t have to be determined by holidays you might not keep or someone else’s schedule. We like to take off for birthdays, dads vacations, family trips, local field trips and events, as well as off season vacations. Some homeschoolers travel throughout the year, even living on a boat sailing to different lands.
- No more returning after summer to review. With learning as a lifestyle we are continuously learning. Breaks are never too long to cause children the pain of reviewing for weeks upon returning. We keep our study skills and math mind sharp for sustainable learning and living.
- No more pressing schedules. When we follow a traditional schedule stress can rise, always looking for the time when we can have off. Studying year-round gives you the space and time to really take in the learning as a lifestyle. It’s just the way we live and learning is a part of our every day. There’s plenty of room when the child needs more time with his studies and the freedom for periods of accelerated learning. Children cultivate their curiosities and are able to move forward in their purpose.
- The day is guided by a family rhythm rather than a schedule. As we are living a lifestyle of true freedom we’re not scheduled from sun up to sun down. Children require flexibility which a 15 minute incremented schedule does not allow. As you’re living a lifestyle of learning you’ll notice a natural rhythm the family takes on as they move through their every day. Mom can be free from watching the clock knowing her children are supported by the inspiring learning environment that keeps children engaged, learning and not dawdling.
- You have more room to keep a 4-day week. With little ones in the home it helps to be on a 4-day academic schedule to balance the academics with activities, household requirements and care for little ones. I kept a 4-day schedule for years when my children were all little. Now we save our 4-day weeks for the summertime. It gives us more space for daily swimming and playing in the sun.
- Your schedule is consistent and low maintenance. Once you determine your highest values and family rhythm there’s no need to constantly plan or re-write a new schedule. No more piles of paperwork or “in-service” days for mom. Once you’ve done the work to determine your family rhythm there may only be the occasional tweak when a baby is born or changes occur in your lifestyle. As you’re children naturally follow the rhythm it’s easier for them to make necessary changes as it just flows into the natural needs of everyday living. This is a place where a lot of stress is dissolved with no longer needing to manage or control each child. Rhythm supports the parent partnership being established with your children.
- No more room for boredom. Children learn mornings are for studies then we move on to projects and explorations. As they’re investing time daily into their academics their minds stay sharp and they’re anxious to move into their projects and explore their special interests where the learning continues. No more long summer days when children are complaining they’re bored and don’t know what to do.
Many families have converted to homeschooling year-round, finding it more complementary to raising a family, it also keeps learning consistent and easier to balance. If you’re not sure whether homeschooling year round is right for you, weigh out the pros and cons and don’t be afraid to give it a try. Remember, this is your homeschool so you can change it in the way that works best for your family.
Parents Inspired to Action: Look at your annual calendar. Consider the natural flow of your days then make a plan for studies year-round. Remember, studying every day is simply a lifestyle of the most successful and people who make a real difference in the world. And when vacation is taken, it’s purposeful. Include in your plan time to explore outside activities, historical places, museums and field curriculum.
Children Inspired to Action: Have a family meeting and discuss changing over to a year-round schedule. Be sure to show them the benefits so they see how everyday will be improved. Begin fill in the calendar with monthly field trips and explorations. You can even begin a nature journal or family project to launch your new plan.