Year round homeschooling has been a debate for some time now. Some families LOVE year round school, some say NEVER! If you have been debating year round homeschooling for awhile now you may want to take a look at some of the pros and cons.
- Frequent Breaks- Year round homeschoolers can run a variety of different schedules, but they all have one thing in common. Frequent breaks! This gives students and teachers time to recharge.
- Academic Benefits- Gone is the long summer break, which can push many children back a few months. Students do not have a long gap in their education, which allows them to retain what they have learned longer.
- Summer boredom is gone-We all love summer, but about a month in most kids are bored. Year round homeschooling puts an end to the long summer breaks and also eliminates the need for parents to find boredom busters.
- Flexibility-Families are able to take vacation during off season times, which allows them to save money. You also have the ability to take unplanned sickness, or family events.
- Frequent breaks can make it difficult to get into an established routine.
- Some kids may have a hard time knowing they are in school during the summer while their friends in public school have a break.
- Summer camps, 4-H and Bible Schools are all traditionally done in the summer making it a little more busy (and difficult) to fit it all in.
We have tried both year round and traditional school schedules. For us, traditional worked for a long time however now we are going year round. The key is weighing the pros and cons and finding a homeschool schedule that works for you and your family!