Our kiddos just recently closed the books, calling May 17th ‘our last day of school’. We’re all anticipating more open and relaxed days ahead!
At least until we pick back up again end of June.
For years, our normal homeschool routine lasted late August until about mid-May with a variety of options for how the rest of the year went. There’s always been reading and math upkeep, but overall, our summers have been more laid-back.
I’m changing that up for everyone, and I wish I had done it a little earlier!
Reasons for a Year-Around School Schedule
1. We want more flexibility! 🙂 The emphasis is definitely on options; not feeling crunched between September and May to accomplish all our goals for the year. I need and desire longer stretches of less routine…during the ‘school year’, not only the summer.
2. To better support our children’s abilities and talents. I’ve noticed extra time is needed during our days to offer more focus on a particular interest.
For one child, it’s committed devotion to music study: lessons for 2 instruments, practice time, music composition, ear training, etc. For another, it’s concentration on literature and writing, crafting and illustrating stories, which includes intentional art lessons and study.
I’d like to offer abundant time for these pursuits, with less competition from other necessary academics.
3. To better support Mom! A God-ordained shift for me in the past 6 months or so has been greater emphasis on writing and speaking opportunities. I’ve been thrilled to join in the flow, but really looked at it all as a well, this is nice for now pursuit.
God has different ideas! I want to join in His plans and stay sane in the process. 🙂 Flexible year-around schooling for everyone will offer more wiggle room in the schedule. The plan is to live intentionally, not intensely.
4. More room for activities and extra-curriculars. This is especially true for my high schooler who enjoys many opportunities throughout the year!
While there are boundaries, we’re also happy to support her participation in musicals with local theaters, speech and debate team, choir & vocal groups, time with friends, etc. Her academic load by her own choice is full of language studies…so flexibility is key in juggling and managing other coursework.
5. Consistency and continuity. We all appreciate rhythm and routine! While it’s never been about a strict schedule, the overall flow of the household benefits from some consistent structure. Our summers won’t look exactly like the normal school year, but we’ll establish a new rhythm which includes everyone getting ‘back to the books’ earlier.
I could list a few more, but these are the main reasons.
We’re still praying and thinking how it will all work out, but feeling confident of this new direction for the whole family!
If you homeschool, what kind of routine do you follow?