Why I have decided to homeschool year round and what that looks like

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Summer is getting closer and closer and spring is coming to an end. Here in Florida it has already felt like summer for a couple of months, but officially summer will be starting soon and that means no more school; at least it did.

When we first started homeschooling Israel, we followed the public school systems schedule. We took off when they took off and ended the school year when they did. I always felt bad for all those home schooled children who had to do school during the summer and were deprived of a real childhood. What kind of parents would do that to their children? I have come to find out very sane and loving parents.

I have found that homeschooling is not only the choice of education for our children but has also become integrated into our way of life. We have so much freedom that we wouldn't have otherwise. We can take off when we need to take off and put our noses to the books when we need to. Shouldn't we take advantage of that?!


Last year we took off the whole summer. I think I needed a break from school more than the kids did. But when we started back again, it was a nightmare. It was so hard to get back into a schedule after three months of freedom. I felt like all I did the first few months was fight with my kids. Yes, we had some good days but I have to be honest here...it was really hard. I felt like giving up many times.

After much perseverance, prayer and encouragement we finally made some headway and fell into a good groove that has been working really well for us. After all the hard work we put in to get where we are, I can't even think about trying to do it all over again in a couple of months. I just can't. So this is where our decision to homeschool through the summer came in. It might sound selfish but the well being of my state of mind affects everyone!

Here are some other reasons we have chosen to go this route:

The Weather

* Because we live in Florida the summers are extremely hot and humid; meaning we can't go outside without dripping buckets of sweat. We practically live in our swim suits. The mornings are the only time it is bearable for us to go out. It usually rains in the afternoons and the little ones sleep; making it the perfect time to do school.



*The fall is beautiful here and it's so hard to be inside. We try to take advantage of it as much as we can. I can't tell you how nice it is to be outside without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and drenched in sweat. It only makes sense that we enjoy the outdoors and stay outside as much as we can during the fall.

Vacation and Holiday Time

* Since Josh is a youth pastor his busy time is in the summer. He goes with the youth to summer camp and is involved in a lot events and conferences. So the fall is the perfect time for us to go on vacation.We usually go up to Georgia. Not only is the weather always perfect but it's so nice to not have to fight the summer crowds.


November and December are filled to the brim with lots of activities and celebrations. We have our anniversary, 3 birthdays and Thanksgiving. Oh and did I mention it's hunting season which means the boys go hunting with Josh when he can take them. I don't think I need to tell you why December is busy. It's filled with present and treat making and lots of time spent with family and friends.

What our school year will look like

Most likely we will take off most of  November and December. We will do a unit study on Thanksgiving in November and one in December also. Once January starts we will focus more on getting back into a good schedule.

Because Josh is a pastor and teaches on Sundays he has off on Mondays and we really enjoy being able to spend time together with him. We do projects, go to the zoo or beach or just go out to breakfast together. It's so nice to be able to go places with him when it's not crowded and busy. Unlike most people we really like Mondays. If he is gone on Mondays then we hunker down and do school or have a cleaning day.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we try to keep a good schedule and stay focused. After using so much brain power during the week, by Friday we I need a little break. Part of the school year the boys go to our church's homeschool co-op on Fridays. They look forward to it all week. The rest of the year we will either meet up with friends at the park, go on a field trip or go to the beach. If we didn't stay out too long we will do some school work when we get home. It goes without saying that we take off the weekends:)

In the summer many of the kid's friends will have off school, so we will want to spend time with them. We will take off 2-3 weeks and then get back to our regular schedule. Some days we might go to the beach early in the morning and then hit the books when we come back.


I know that our summer will be a little more laid back than the rest of the year but what I really want to maintain is the boys being used to doing some school work so it is not such a shock to their systems when school starts back in full force. I do have hopes for us doing most of our subjects, but as long as we can keep up with math, reading, and writing this summer I will be happy. Over all going through the summer will make for a more relaxed year for us not just summer.

If taking off for the summer is your salvation then by all means go ahead and take off. If you have a really hard time getting your kids back into a routine after the summer try integrating some school work during the summer. If the weather where you are affects your daily life; work around it. Find out what works for you and don't be afraid to be bound by what everyone else is doing.


I love the life that we have because of homeschooling. I love that not only are my children learning the essential subjects, but they are learning practical life lessons, curiosity and creativity that can't be taught through books. Yes, there are days where I pull my hair and don't know how I am going to get through another one but seeing my children have the opportunity to have such a great education and childhood makes it all worth it.

I want my children to get a good education but even more importantly I want them to love the process of learning not only during the school year...but all year long!

Do you homeschool year round or take a break during the summer?

What works best for you?

Linking up with these awesome link parties: Favorite Things FridayHearts for homeHomeschool Mother's Journal  Mama moments mondaysMom 2 Mom monday,  Titus2sday, A Little R and R, Tuesday Talk, Missional Women, Mommy Moments, A Little Bird Told Me , From House to HomeHomeschool Blog and Tell, Strangers and Pilgrims on earth




16 comments:

  1. I think it is great that you have found a routine that works for you! I personally think that doing school year round helps them not forget what the did the year before and then you don't have to do a few weeks of review the next year!

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    1. Thanks! I was reluctant at first but I know its going to be great!

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  2. I've been seriously considering switching to year around homeschooling. It just makes so much sense! I just haven't figured out how to break it to the kids. ;)

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    1. Ha ha yeah...I know. I've tried to explain to them that because we homeschool we can take off when we need to and go on outings some mornings. They are slowly coming around and seeing the benefits for themselves;)

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  3. Your schedule sounds similar to ours. We live in SC and would rather be outside in the fall/winter. So while we will finish our "core" curriculum next week, we will do the 3 Rs for July until mid-August. We "break" in June due to VBS, summer camps, etc and then from Thanksgiving to New Years. Love that with homeschooling you can make it work for your schedule. My hubby is a pastor as well and I love being able to take vacations without the crowds. Thanks for sharing at #FavoriteThingsFriday.

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    1. We have technically finished enough school days but I know just keeping up with some school during the summer so we can enjoy those cool fall days will be worth it! We are also taking off for vbs and camp:)

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  4. I love that you have found what works best for you and your family! We are unschoolers...so we unschool year round :-)

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    1. Yes, its great to finally find what works for us and tweak our schedule as we need to;)

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  5. Yes - this! We will be homeschooling year round this year, and for the very reason(s) you mentioned! Schooling can be hard work (as well as getting back into the routine groove)... not trying to go through that again - and then reteach things that may have been forgotten due to a long hiatus! However; our summer will look a bit different. We will focus more on science, music, art, & history, and then just review Reading, Spelling, Math, etc.
    Thanks for sharing with us, and for linking up to 'Favorite Things Friday' with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling!

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    1. Sounds fun! Those are our favorite subjects!

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  6. I think we did year round from the start out of necessity. We had pulled out of public school half way through the semester and restarted that grade so needed the summer to stay on track. I liked the way it worked in keeping our focus and not driving me crazy in the summertime with the, "I'm bored..." speech. We had to break the mold in our thinking. What grade are we in? Several, because we aren't on the public school system grade levels so it's staggered according to ability in different subjects. I usually take the books and divide it up by how many weeks we'll do school for the year. This has us on a 3 hour school day, 4 days a week. The field trips are the best, aren't they?

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    1. Yes, it's so great to be able to make the school year work for your family! We love field trips!

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  7. We also homeschool year-round and it works for us. :) Thanks for linking up at the Homeschool Blog & Tell!

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  8. We homeschool year round for the same reason, the kids do not do well with too long of a break. We take off from about Thanksgiving until the first full week of Jan and that is as long as we can go. Even then we have to ease back into a full load of studies. We also do full focus studies on Tues-Thur. Mon and Fri are for more/less studies as needed. It makes it so much easier for me and them.

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  9. We homeschool year round for many of the same reasons! Long breaks are a nightmare with trying to get back into a routine & with all that the boys forget and need to relearn. We tend to take time off in the fall for family vacation and we often take a lot of Dec. off to prep for Christmas. We'll take days off during the summer to get together with friends and we do a shorter day of school so we can enjoy the lake and the nice weather but it's nice to know that we have a bit of extra work under our belt so we don't have to worry about taking time off when we want to.

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