This is the time of year where you see so many rejoicing at the end of school. People have been asking my kids what they have planned for summer, and are always surprised when my kids reply that we school year round with only short breaks. Many moms can’t imagine why we would choose to not take a single, long break of several months.
My two will be in 7th and 9th grade this coming Fall. We have done a lot of unschooling in the past, but my two have decided they wish to use more formal curriculum and co-op classes, so that is the direction we are moving in for them. Both wish to attend college, and start dual enrollment at 16. Our county offers that program for homeschoolers and between that and in-state tuition at the local university, both will be able to get a stellar college education without going into debt.
We run our school years from July 1st to June 30th due to North Carolina’s homeschooling laws dividing a school year by these dates. Our state requires end of grade testing each year, so we complete our testing in the middle of June then take two weeks off before starting again.
Our state requires 180 days of school a year, but we tend to complete 225 or more a year using this system. As a result, the kids get the same amount of work done or more, but are less stressed with heavy loads. They also often choose to engage in academic subjects on Saturdays when they’re bored, so I never worry about hitting the minimum the law requires.
This built-in extra time is especially important with high school approaching, as there are many life skills that teens need to learn along side of academics. This also gives the adults time to run the five home-based businesses that we run, and gives the kids time to be kids and also begin learning business skills.
Here are some of the many reasons why we choose to run school year round. [Read more…] about Why We School Through Summer