Yesterday I asked the question on my Facebook page: “What is the target date for your last day of this school year? Are you on schedule?” I got quite a variety of responses, but a common thread throughout all the comments was the importance of working the yearly schedule around “life”. New babies, things not going as planned, medical issues, or just taking time off when needed were some of the answers I got regarding when their “school year” ended. Isn’t that one of the things that makes homeschooling so great? Most states require 180 days of school per year, but you can choose the schedule that works best for your family, whether it be year round, traditional, or a combination of days/weeks on and off that meet the required days. I’m going to share some ideas of choices you can choose from when setting up your schedule for the year. Hopefully this will be helpful for those of you who are nearing the end of this school year, and wondering if you should work through the summer, or those who are concerned because you’re not on schedule, etc. The information below is taken from my ebook: Charts for Stress Free Planning and Scheduling.
Choices and ideas for setting up your schedule for the year
• Thirty-six five-day weeks. (Traditional school year, though you can choose what months you want to start and end with.)
• Twelve five-day weeks, then four weeks off. (Three months of school, then a month off)
• Six five-day weeks, then two weeks off. (Six two-month blocks per school year)
• Three five-day weeks, then one week off each month. (This would be year round)
• Forty-five four-day weeks. This gives you a three-day weekend, and you are still able to take seven weeks off per year whenever you’d like them.
Even when we did the traditional school year from September – May, I found it was very beneficial to still do at least a little bit of academics in the summer months for the following reasons:
1. It’s good to keep them going on Math all through the summer, even if it’s only two or three days a week. That way when you start school back in the fall, you don’t have to spend the first few weeks reviewing all that they forgot over the summer.
2. It’s good to keep them reading and doing a little writing for the same reason. You want to keep their skills sharp.
3. It’s good to keep them used to a little bit of structure and routine. First of all, it keeps them happier if they are busy, and don’t have time to get bored. Second, it’s easier for them to get back into the school routine in the fall when they have had somewhat of a routine throughout the summer.
If you are stressing because the end of the traditional school year is drawing near, and your kids are “behind”, relax and re-adjust your schedule. Remember, a schedule is just a tool or a plan, not your master, and you are the one in control, so there’s no need to stress.
What does your yearly “plan” look like?