Homeschooling Year-Round

by | Jun 1, 2023 | Homeschool Mom Helps

Last Updated Nov 1, 2023
Learning all Year

Keep your kiddos learning and engaged by homeschooling year-round!

Our Homeschool Journey

The road to homeschooling year-round has been a wild ride, you guys!

I’m not going to lie, there was a time in my life when homeschooling my kiddos wasn’t even on my radar, let alone homeschooling year-round.

The Journey to Homeschooling Year-Round

With that said, working on school all year long is now our reality, and it’s just become a way of life for us.

My older boys started their schooling journey in a small private school.

Then, after my oldest completed the 5th grade we began the transition to virtual learning at home.

A couple of years later we switched to traditional homeschooling, then mixed things up by utilizing a 3-day homeschool week, then eventually making the switch to year-round homeschooling due to full-time RV living.

Homeschooling Year-Round

While road schooling may not be your reason for considering homeschooling year-round, it still has its benefits no matter your situation!

Oddly enough, our homeschool schedule tends to be the opposite of most homeschoolers.

We lean on the side of easy Aug-May, fitting in lessons at random while focusing on unschooling & learning through life.

Then, when summer hits, we utilize a much more rigid plan and focus on bookwork all summer long!

Road Schooling All Year Long

Our homeschool looks different every single season and tends to be dependent on what life is currently throwing at us.

If we are traveling or near friends and family, school work simply isn’t a priority.

However, if we are stationary and focusing on productivity, formal lessons are definitely in the mix.

Whether you follow the traditional 6-weeks on, 6-weeks off year-round school schedule, you only homeschool when you feel like it, or you take extended breaks, homeschooling year-round can have its perks and its downsides.

 

Pros of Homeschooling Year-Round

With that said, of course, I’m going to cover the ups first.

There are so many incredible reasons to love homeschooling year-round!

While homeschooling in general can provide both freedom and flexibility, homeschooling year-round delivers it on steroids.

Homeschooling Year-Round PROS

These are just a few of the reasons I love holding down a year-round homeschool schedule!

  • You can take longer breaks

Ok, this is seriously the best perk to year-round homeschooling!

Staying motivated when homeschooling can be difficult sometimes and long breaks can definitely help give you the reset you so desperately need!

You can take an entire month off around the holidays and then school over spring break.

Or, you can school for 2 weeks, take a week off, school for 3 weeks, take a week off, and so on.

The flexibility is totally endless, you guys!

  • Experiences & field trips are easier to plan

Yes, yes, yes!!

Even if you don’t full-time rv, planning field trips and family vacations during the off-season can officially become your reality if you homeschool all year long.

Not only can this give your family the opportunity to visit popular destinations when they are less crowded, but it also means you can plan fun outings more often — lessening the stress and overwhelming feeling that school can have on some children!

  • There will be less education regression

For real though.

If you homeschool your kids year-round you can easily skip the annoying summer slump and keep them in learning mode practically 24/7.

You can run one school right into the next if you wish.

Cons of Homeschooling Year-Round

While homeschooling year-round has some pretty awesome upsides, there are definitely some downsides.

Homeschooling Year-Round CONS

These are my least favorite things about homeschooling all year long.

  • It’s easier to get behind on lessons

If you are new to year-round homeschooling, this may sound unrealistic, but hear me out.

Whether you homeschool on a whim or follow a rigid time off/time on the schedule, it can be easy to find yourself weeks (if not months) behind where you think you should be.

Take it from a year-round homeschooler that spends the summer catching up on homeschool lessons because I always tell myself we will get to it later.

  • You may feel like you don’t get enough time off

Strangely, it’s true.

If you take time off during the school year and find yourself homeschooling over the summer, you may find yourself longing for that typical 3-month summer break you see parents posting about on your social media timeline.

Homeschooling Almost Year-Round

With that said, homeschooling all year wasn’t always our reality.

For the majority of our homeschool journey, we were what I like to call pretend year-round homeschoolers.

Almost Year-Round Homeschoolers

We utilized a 3-day homeschool week Aug-May, then took a few weeks off to reset before working through simple summer worksheet packs.

Eventually, we would ease into our new curriculum (around 1 lesson a week during the summer) to get a few weeks’ heads start before starting our full routine in August!

This was such a great way to cover all our bases!

My kids still felt like they got a full summer break, even though we were working on light learning by creating relaxed homeschool goals.

If homeschooling all year is beyond something you can work with right now, becoming pretend year-rounders like we were, is a great option!

Learning all Year Long

Life will always throw us curve balls and learning to adapt and move forward is essential.

For us, a couple of those curveballs were moving cross-country and transitioning over to full-time RV life which ended up throwing us into year-round homeschooling — something I’ve chosen to embrace fully. 

With that said, whether you’re doing the all-year thing with a firm schedule, winging it and schooling here and there, or using the unschooling method, encouraging your kiddos to keep learning all year long is what matters!

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Homeschooling Year-Round

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

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Thanks for checking out the homeschool mom helps portion of the blog! 

This is where you will find simple encouragement from a homeschool mom that has been there a time or two herself.

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit again soon!

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool mom helps portion of the blog! 

This is where you will find simple encouragement from a homeschool mom that has been there a time or two herself.

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit again soon!

Want to connect on social media?

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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