This has been a topic that many families discuss when they first start homeschooling. Are they going to homeschool all year round vs homeschooling between August-May/September-June? We personally homeschool all year round since it’s what makes sense for our family. Here are the pros and cons of homeschooling all year round:
- Can take off for a break when needed and don’t have to worry about falling behind
- Can go more in depth on topics that interest their children and do not have time restraints.
- Able to fit more than one grade in a year or able to stretch out a grade and focus on topics your child struggles with. I have one child who completed Kindergarten and started First Grade in the 2021-2022 school year. I have another child who is spending the whole year and summer doing Kindergarten work since he needs to focus on certain concepts longer.
Cons of homeschooling all year round:
- It can take longer to plan if you do not plan in advance. We normally end up planning in December or January and plan the whole year.
- Depending on your children’s age, they will notice other kids outside in the summer and not in school which can cause issues for some households.
- Some kids need a “summer vacation” or they could burn out.
Does homeschooling all year round sound like a good fit for your family? Here are some pros/cons of following a typical public school schedule:
- There is already built in days or months off which can make planning events/vacations easier
- If you plan on sending your kids back to public school at any point, they will be used to the schedule.
- You can spend the whole summer planning next years curriculum
- It is easier to get off track and not finish everything you had planned. Typically there is only 36 weeks in a school year which does not give much time to go in depth on many topics.
- Kids can forget concepts over longer periods of time off
- Sometimes curriculum can finish before the school year is over and it can lead to gaps in subjects.
Does following a “public school” schedule sound like a good fit for your family? Which schedule does your family follow?