Why We Embrace Year Round Homeschooling

I’m not sure I initially put a whole lot of thought into year round vs traditional school year homeschooling. There seems to be a lot of discussion about it lately though, and I want to say that I didn’t make any pros and cons lists and make this decision consciously – we just sort of fell into this lifestyle as a natural progression.

Today I’m going to share with you why learning all year works so well for us, and why you might like to consider learning this way rather than following the traditional public school pattern. Here are some of the many benefits of year round homeschooling:

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1. Learning Lifestyle

One of the things I like best about year round education is thatit promotes a lifestyle of learning. Learning is not confined to 10 months of the year, but it is something we do all the time!

2. Flexible

Learning all year allows for so much flexibility! Just yesterday I was invited by a friend to join her crew for a beach day. While we were planning on having a regular day of studies and lessons, I felt free to put it aside and join her family for some fun instead.

We can also sign up for as many extra curricular type activities (piano, co-op, sports) as we want without losing out on valuable learning time. Most of these types of activities are limited to the traditional school year, but we don’t feel the schedule crunch or the pressure to get it all done during those months so we are free to do what interests us.

3. Continuous

There is so much less time lost to reviewing and re-establishing routines when you don’t take a long break! It is estimated that summer learning loss is equivalent to about a month of learning time for each subject. The loss is even greater for math, as much as 2.5 months! Think of all the time wasted at the beginning of the school year reviewing and re-learning previously taught math skills!

As well as eliminating learning loss that occurs during long breaks, we have found that continuous learning is working well to allow our children to learn at their own level and pace, and not according to age/grade levels.  When we finish up with a curriculum or level, we simply move on to the next. No rushing through lessons to finish up on time, or waiting until the new school year to move on.  My children are always asking me what grade they are in, they have no idea!

4. Adaptable

A continuous, year long learning lifestyle is very adaptable to changing life circumstances. This is how we fell into this set up in the first place. Our first year of serious homeschooling (my oldest’s first grade year) was very busy and full of change and instability. About a month after starting homeschooling, we learned that we were going to be moving. We had to quickly sell a house, find a house, and move while just getting our feet wet with science, history, math, reading and writing. Oh, and I was pregnant! We ended up moving temporarily into a much smaller house, putting half our life into storage, meeting new friends, finding our way in a new city, going to prenatal appointments, having a baby and then searching again for a new home all while trying to homeschool! I’m so glad we weren’t locked into any arbitrary school schedules!

5. Relaxed

This style is great for someone like me who hasn’t got a clue about lesson planning, sticking to a schedule, and making it happen. We are able to carry a significantly lighter load by spreading it all out over the full 12 months of the year. Didn’t get that library book for your unity study in time? No worries, start it next week instead! Feeling overwhelmed and needing a break? Take the day off! Because we spread our learning out over the whole year, we are able to carry a much lighter daily load and have so much more time for play, cuddling or even cleaning the house.  I love having the extra breathing room!

There are so many reasons why I love all year learning, these are just the key reasons. It is definitely an individual preference, and one that I anticipate needing to be re-evaluated over the years and seasons of our homeschool. 

Do you school year round? Follow the traditional school year? I’d love to hear why you love the learning schedule you’ve chosen! 

 

This post is shared at Trivium Tuesday and Hip Homeschool Hop.

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11 Comments

  1. Jennifer A August 4, 2015 at 11:24 am

    We year-round too, for all the same reasons. And also, it’s too hot here during the summer months to do much of anything outside anyway!
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    1. Learning Mama August 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      We do a lot of our schooling in the winter – when it is to COLD to do much of anything outside!

  2. Sara August 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    We switch back and forth between year around and summer breaks! Summer breaks are wonderful with older kids. We’d stop high school, and the kids would start to work on large projects for the summer.

    On the other hand I really prefer year around when it comes to young children. They forget so much over the summer, and benefit greatly from a regular routine. 🙂
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    1. Learning Mama August 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      I can definitely see our schedule changing as the children grow older – they may wish to have summer jobs, go to camp or participate in ministry opportunities during the summer months. It is working so very well right now though!

  3. Leanne @ Frenglishlearning.com September 2, 2015 at 1:56 am

    We do year round too for all the reasons you mentioned plus 2 more. 1)Flexible vacations – we like to escape the cold so we take an extended time away in the winter and head south. 2). Weather. Beautiful sunny day in April? We are at the park! Rainy day in July? We hit the books.
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    1. Learning Mama September 2, 2015 at 4:32 am

      Those are some great reasons! I’m not really sure I can think of any downsides of year round homeschooling at his point in our journey!

  4. Quincy Guinther September 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Year-round homeschooling is extremely beneficial for when medical emergencies or family crisis’ arise. If you remove the mentality that you must stop schoolwork for all of summer, you can stop stressing about schoolwork when an emergency happens.

    1. Learning Mama September 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Yes! It is so flexible! We haven’t had any emergencies or crisis’, but it sure was handy after the birth of my third!

  5. annette @ A net in Time January 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    we follow a type of year round schooling as well.. not completely though. 🙂 A child DOES NEED some totally unfocused time away from the grind as well. (don’t we all?)

  6. Kym January 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

    We’ve moved slightly away from year-round as my kids got to high school age, just because I did need to have a clear deadline by which they needed to be finished! In reality, it just meant that we were more clear about when the school year started and ended – the “summer break” is still pretty short for us.

    1. Learning Mama January 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I can think of a whole host of reasons we may likely move to a more traditional schedule as the children get into the high school years, and that’s one I hadn’t considered at all! Year round works really great for my little kids though!

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