Today I have a question for any homeschoolers who read my blog – which may be zero, other than my sweet hubby, but I thought I’d ask anyway!
Do you take a summer break?
For years, we called ourselves year-round homeschoolers. It all started that first summer. We had only been working since January anyway, as my oldest was not ready for formal kindergarten when formal school time rolled around. Once she was ready, though, she flew through all of her KG activities and was fully caught up by May. Great! I thought. This means I have the summer to prepare for first grade, and we’ll get started in August!
Not only did she immediately start begging to go ahead and start first grade, but her four-year-old sister was begging for school work, too. She wanted to be like her big sissy! So, I scrambled to up the timeline, and we rolled into the new year as quickly as possible.
The next summer, I gave them the option, and they wanted to continue right on through the summer yet again. At least this time, I was prepared!
But, as I look back over the years, I’ve realized that we aren’t really year-round homeschoolers. We just take our breaks at different times, usually the majority of it between the end of October and the turn of the year. We took our first-ever extended summer break this past year. Yes, we took the whole summer off. Then we paid for it over the holidays, having to strictly limit our days off.
So, what about you?