Saturday, January 8, 2011
It's January! Time for School!
While most people are starting their school year in August, we start ours in January.
Why? Well, I am sure that you know that we homeschool our children, and for us it just make sense.
If you are a homeschooler and follow the typical school year schedule, I will tell you all the reasons we use a different schedule, and who knows, you may find that this way works better for you too!
I like to start our new school year with the new year!
I used to follow the public school schedule, but when May would roll around, there just seemed to be no good reason to just stop school for 3 months. We had nothing better to do!!! lol
I found that I really needed more time off around the holidays. We get so busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I thought, why can't we just take off November and December instead?
I mean, summer is so hot, the kids don't want to be outside that much, and really, I mean, what are you doing that you need the summer off of school anyways?
Now, there may actually be a good reason for some of you, but for us, and most people I know, it just doesn't make any sense.
We also school year round.
Now, I know I just said we take off November and December, and we do, to a degree.
We try to do some schooling during these months so they don't get totally out of practice, but we do it on a much smaller scale, and don't worry if we miss any days during this time.
You know, it really doesn't make a lot of sense, at least for our family, to take a 3 month break.
Most of the beginning of every school year is spent catching back up on what the children learned the year before.
There are studies that show that children lose about 3 months of what they learned every year.
It just doesn't seem like this schedule of taking off 3 months in the middle of the year works very well in a family setting.
I think we all need to remember that we do not have to follow exactly what the public school does.
They have to follow their schedules for a reason, and so much of it is busy work during the year, and then relearning the same thing again at the beginning of the next school year.
Keep in mind what works best for your family, and do that.
Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Yo are not everyone else, and you need to do what is best for your family. Even if it is different.
So, we school year round, with more time off during November and December. It works for us.
What works for your family?
I just redid my blog for Winter. What do you think?