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Year Round Homeschooling: Will It Work For You?

Leah Courtney
For most of our eleven years of homeschooling we've homeschooled year round. I discovered early on that this was one of the great benefits of homeschooling for our family. As my older children grow and are working in the summer, we've had to change our summers up a bit. But we still enjoy the flexibility of homeschooling year round.

So, why would we choose to school year round? Are we crazy? (Maybe. But that's the topic for another post.) How does this year round homeschooling work? And could it work for your family?

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So why homeschool year round?

I found year round homeschooling to be a good thing for us for several reasons:

  • It gives kids something to do when they are stuck inside. We are in the South. It is not unusual to have temperatures in the high 90s as the summer progresses. The kids can't be outside in the heat of the day. Kids stuck inside mean kids who want to keep their eyes on a screen all day. Having some school work to do helps alleviate this problem.
  • When we are in a routine, our family functions better. We don't have a strict schedule, but we do have flowing routines. And when we can keep a routine, things seem to go more smoothly. Kids bicker less. We eat better and more regularly. I feel better. Having a school schedule- even a modified one- helps us stay in a routine.
  • It gives us the freedom to take extended time off at other times in the year. I like to have more time to take off for Christmas. We also occasionally like to travel in the fall when everyone else is back in school. Having the days of attendance in the summer frees us up to have these days off at other times in the year. Our state requires 180 school days. If we've already counted days in the summer, then we can take the time later and still be sure to have more than enough school days recorded.
What do you do all summer?

I like to use the summer as a time for something different. We usually try to finish up our regular curriculum content by May. Then in the summer we have time for other things.
  • Unit studies. I love to choose unit studies that the whole family can have a part in. We've used lapbooks, literature units, history units, science units. Having a more relaxed schedule in the summer means that we can take time to enjoy the hands on activities in a unit study. Here are some of the unit study resources we've used:
                        * Moving Beyond the Page- This is one of my favorite literature based resources. They offer unit studies for language arts, history and science. You can use them as complete curriculum or purchase the units separately. I've reviewed for them twice. Here's the first time we used their material.
                         * Homeschool Share- This is an awesome site with free literature based unit studies for many grade levels. Many of their studies also have lapbooks that go along with them.
                         * A Journey Through Learning- This site has some great unit study and lapbooking resources. They have some smaller units that can be completed quickly and some that can last all summer. There are history or science based studies as well as some that are holiday themed 
                         * Hands of a Child- This is an awesome lapbooking resource. They have lapbooks that are really great for multiple ages at a time, so I've found some good resources here that we can use for the whole family.
  • Summer Bridge Books. You can find Summer Bridge Books for kindergarten through middle school. These books are workbooks with daily activities that reinforce skills students have probably learned in the previous year. I like them because they give just enough book work to keep the kids focused on some of these skills but not so much work that it's burdensome to them. The work for the day usually takes thirty minutes or less. There are also reading recommendations for the grade level and usually some fun reward system for reading and completing pages.
  • Reading. If you've been around the blog, you'll know I love reading aloud. I read aloud year round. But, in the summer, if we aren't as busy with other activities, I really enjoy having a read aloud that the whole family is listening to. You can find some of my favorite read aloud suggestions on this ever growing list.
Schooling through the summer can have many benefits. It's something that has to change and adapt as the family changes and goes through different seasons of life. But it can be a great time to do some special and different learning things with the whole family.

Do you homeschool year round? Let me know what you think.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


  1. We Love schooling all year!!!

  2. There are so many ways to school year round. we do it, but we take days off at a time as needed. Work in the garden, short days, trips to family we do whatever works. :)

    Annette @ A Net In Time

    1. I don't have set days off either. We just take them as needed.

  3. We do go year-round. Last year, it was a real blessing - we pushed our "summer break" to October when we were able to travel with visiting family. This year, we'll take a month off from "regular" schoolwork in June/July to travel, and then start back up in August. It's nice having the extra time to be able to take breaks at other points.

    1. I like that too- being able to just take time off when we need to.


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