When we first started homeschooling, I had no idea what it meant to homeschool year-round. I had every intention of following the public school calendar from mid-August to May.
But that April, we moved from one home to another, and I found myself stressed and overwhelmed, trying to do school and move at the same time. I finally took a few weeks to box and unbox everything and continued on with school once we were settled.
We had other life events over the next few years that chipped away at my perception of a “perfect” homeschool calendar. I struggled though. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to hold on and push through so that we could stick to the dates I had set for school. It took me a good while to finally see the freedom that I could have in our homeschool.
No, we don’t just skip days here and there and everywhere. We do believe in teaching our children responsibility and diligence. We also commit to a certain number of days each year and make sure to follow through. We are just flexible in how that all happens.
We are no longer locked in or enslaved to a predetermined set of days. We have the freedom to take a vacation in the middle of April, to visit family when necessary, to serve others, or to take a break when a child is ill or struggling with behavior or other issues.
We have the freedom, and we so enjoy it.
Here’s how it all works in our homeschool.