When it comes to Homeschooling, a big question arises when Summer arrives. Do you follow the normal rules of school which gives the student several months off in order to get refreshed, or do you just continue schooling as usual? Of course, just as with any question regarding homeschooling, it is totally up to you as a homeschooling family. If you were in the public school system you would have no choice, and that is one of the beauties of being a homeschooling family. Here are some pros and cons to consider.
The pros of having a Summer vacation are the same for the homeschooling child as for the public schooled child. However, as a public schooled student, the time ‘with family’ has been diminished greatly as the child is separated from the family for eight to ten hours a day and even more if they participate in extracurricular events. The homeschooling child is with his or her family nearly twenty-four-seven. However, the time allotted for school is still stressful for many children, and the time off in a big block may be just what you and your children need to feel refreshed. It depends on your family and your homeschooling situation.
Some cons to taking the Summer off in a big block is that you use up your vacation time all at once. As a homeschooling family you may wish to be more flexible, allowing for fun at different times of the year maybe to coordinate with parents’ vacations, long Christmas vacations etc. Many homeschooling families choose the year round method and take time off all through the year and remain in a state of calm as a result. If that is not conducive to your family personality, this would not sound good at all. Take the route that fits with the personality of your family. Keep in mind the children may have different personalities and have different needs as a result. It is in these circumstances that compromises are required.
So, whatever you decide, the main goal is living full and rich lives that are productive and happy. However, you have to allot time off in order to accomplish these things; it is your choice and the beauty of homeschooling. Enjoy your freedom and never allow what others may say about your child being out of school during traditional times affect your decision. After all, your children are not their children, and you after all love them and have their best interest at heart, making the opinion of outsiders of little consequence in the big picture. Part of being a homeschooling family is being brave enough to do what you know is right for your family in the face of social correctness. Move forward empowered in your decisions; the benefits will show in how your children learn and excel.