13 thoughts on “Homeschooling Year-Round”

  1. I do not understand how year round homeschoolers can finish high school up to two years early if they are doing the same 180 days of school in a year. Will you explain? Thank you.

    1. While many year-round homeschoolers spread their 180 days throughout the year, others do not. Graduation is usually determined by credits earned, not days counted, and year round schooling makes it possible for a student to earn the approx. 22 necessary credits quicker than the student who only schools for 180 days. Does that make sense? For more info on the credit tracking system, you can see this post.

  2. I understood that graduation is determined by credits earned, I just wasn’t sure how one could earn more credits in the same 180 days. I didn’t realize you were talking about homeschoolers who school more than 180 days. It makes sense, though, that year round homeschoolers that do not stop at 180 days can do this. More days equals more time to earn more credits. Thank you so much for your reply. It was helpful.

  3. We year-round homeschool for a number of the reasons you list above, but also so we can spend more time as a family. We live in Florida, so summer here is not the time of year where you want to be outside. 96 degrees and 90% humidity for several months straight. Second, my husband works a non-traditional schedule. He usually works 3 days one week and 7 days the next.(Law enforcement – 12 hour days plus call-outs) During the late fall, winter, and early spring months, when the weather is nice, we camp, hike, canoe, and fish as a family and take many 4 day “weekends” off. We still completed our curriculum during the traditional school time and can now happily sit in the airconditioning to get a jump start on next year.

  4. We also homeschool year round for many of the reasons listed in this post. I love the way Mr. Michener put it….we don’t draw any lines of separation between learning and life. Actually we don’t even refer to it as homeschooling, we just say that we are learning at home. That way we keep ourselves from being locked up in a box with restrictions and expectations.

    1. Jacqueline,
      “Learning at home” is a great description! Yes, people do love to fit everything into a nice neat box, don’t they? Good for you not giving that chance. 🙂

  5. We are going into our third year homeschooling and our first year-round schedule. We found during the first two years we just were bored to tears by the second week of summer. I always felt having the three months off during summer in government school was pointless, anyway, unless you actually owned a farm and were needed (and despite growing up in a very rural, farm-dominated area, I knew only one peer who was needed on the farm…and it was in September, not the summer).

    We are taking off the month of July, because we have a swimming pool and we usually spend that entire month swimming. Starting in August, we will spend half the day swimming and half working, with 4 day weeks. Once it starts getting cool in September, we will go back to five day weeks. However, our school days are only about 2 hours of “desk work”. This includes intensive spelling, reading, and writing for my daughter, who is severely dyslexic.

    A contributing factor to early graduation could also be the absence of all that time spent on review. For instance, my daughter, who is “in” 4th grade (for record keeping purposes) next school year (2013-14) will be using Saxon 87. Without spending the first three months of each school year reviewing what they learned the past year, they are able to keep momentum. My son, who will be 8th grade (again, for record keeping) next school year, will be completing pre-algebra and starting algebra I. At this rate, he will have the required math completed in two more years – 10th grade.

    We plan on having our kids take college courses while still in “high school” in homeschool. We aren’t big on the idea of graduating them early, for emotional and maturity reasons. They both also struggle with ADHD, which leads to poor impulse control. We will not send them away to college until they are ready, regardless if that happens at 16 or 22.

    However, the ADHD is also helped greatly by full year homeschooling. “Idle hands” are truly the devil’s playground with poor impulse control and hyperactivity. A structured day and a regular schedule keep things calm and help wtih development and self-control.

    A final thought…For the majority of people (pretty much, excluding only teachers) their working life is year round with occasional vacations. Structuring homeschool that way is a more realistic preparation for the rest of life. We believe homeschool/childhood is preparation for life, not a separate time that is different and exceptional.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. You have a great blog!

  6. We also homeschool year round. We have a low-key schedule to begin with, and in the summer we just continue with that idea. What we do in the summer that we don’t do often the rest of the year is we are doing a multi-disciplinary unit study. We picked Ancient Egypt this year.

    So, we’ll do activities in each subject area that relate to the theme of Ancient Egypt. We’re planning to do it for about 8 weeks this summer, taking a week off in the beginning of the summer and leaving room for other weeks of less schooling as needed. I also agree that there is no real line between life and learning in our home, but in terms of “quantifiable work”, we will only “officially” work on the unit for 8 weeks of the summer.

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