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Homeschool Thoughts: Break, or no Break?

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?

When and for how long do you take breaks, and why?


I am a homeschooling preacher's wife and managing editor for the Well Planned Gal. But, I also love to write just for the fun of it. I also process best through writing, and my thoughts tend to flow from things I learn through the Bible, interacting with my family, and moving through life in general. Thanks for joining me in my not quite ordinary journey.

One thought on “Homeschool Thoughts: Break, or no Break?

  1. Ann, we do the same thing. The excitement of summer days wears off and after about a two week break, we do school in the mornings for a few hours. I don’t consider us year round homeschoolers either because we take random breaks throughout the year… for a trip or something else special and sometimes, life happens and we have other responsibilities that need attention.


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