Are you done with school for summer now? I have lost track of home many times I have been asked this question over the last few weeks. We do not take summers off from school. We have tried doing this in the past, and found that our youngest son has a hard time retaining materials from the previous school year and all of our children have too much free time.
We do not allow our children to use electronics (with the exception for school work and tv in the evenings) during the week, so during the summer they have more time to “geek out” as we call it. When our children were younger this wasn’t a problem, but as they get older if we left it up to them they would “geek out” all day all summer long. We are currently on a two week break from school so the children can have a mini break and enjoy the beginning of summer with their friends, but we will resume school on June 26th.
We do not do a full workload during the summer months. We limit our instruction to math, language arts, and reading time. So our summer school day is usually only an hour to two hours long. This is just enough to help our children to continue to thrive and to break up the day some.
An added bonus to a year round school schedule is that we have more flexibility to take off time whenever we want or need to without feeling guilty. I never feel like we are behind because we are continuously learning and covering our materials.
Do you school year round?