The Incredible Benefits of Year-Round Homeschool

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When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t quite know what to do, so I figured I would follow the model of the school system. One of my decisions was to follow the school calendar as closely as possible. I liked the idea that my daughter’s school holidays would be at the same time as her friends and I liked that we would have our summers off to rest, relax, and enjoy the sunshine.

However, after a couple of months into the school year I wondered… what if the traditional school schedule wasn’t optimal for my daughter?

At the end of October, she fell into her familiar pattern of exhaustion and resistance to learning. Despite how fun I was making things, she seemed just “done”. I too was starting to feel sluggish.

Your Morning Basket

Then it occurred to me… why are we following the traditional school calendar? Why not switch to a year-round homeschool schedule? One of the benefits of home education is that I can provide a learning environment that’s specific to my child. So why get hung up on traditional school timelines?

Year-Round Homeschool

We made the switch the following May and now that we’ve been at it for a while, I’ve seen many benefits to following a year-round school schedule! Here are a few of them.

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My daughter needs breaks from school. With a year-round schedule, she has 4 weeks on and 1 week off, repeated throughout the year. I’ve accounted for a 2-week break for Christmas and a 3-week break when she switches grades.


With a 4 weeks on and 1 week off schedule, I use the 1-week transition to prepare for the new units. Weekends are too short for prepping curriculum. The one-week period allows more than enough time to plan for the next learning units.

Nature studies

Our long winters make it challenging to do nature studies within the conventional school year. With year-round homeschooling, we are able to do nature studies during the spring, summer, and fall (approximately 6 months of exploration time rather than 4 months).

Do you ever wonder what the optimal learning schedule is for your child? We use a year-round homeschool schedule and the benefits are numerous!

Time to reflect & evaluate

I am, by nature, a very reflective person. I find that the traditional school schedule doesn’t allow enough time for me to reflect and evaluate. The one-week break provides ample time for me to assess and document our learning process.

I reflect on our activities and document which ones my daughter seemed to enjoy the most. The year-round schedule is also helpful when planning for a home visit with our mentor teacher. I have the time to assemble all of my daughter’s work and report our progress.

Vacation time

Currently, our budget doesn’t allow us to do much traveling but we would like to do so in the future. With year-round homeschooling, we can travel off-season while all the rest of the kids are in school.

Off-season travel is often more affordable too!

Built-in buffer time

Life happens. Children get sick and emergencies occur. I like that year-round homeschooling provides a “buffer zone” for life’s events. If we have to take a week off due to illness, there isn’t a pressure to make up that week by padding the days in the subsequent week. We can simply declare that sick week as our week off. It’s not the ideal way to spend a week off, but it keeps illness from interfering with our learning schedule.

Continuous learning

With year-round homeschooling, I need not be concerned about long breaks in learning. We school through the summer, so there’s no lapse in knowledge and no need to spend time on review of the previous year’s curriculum.

As a homeschooling mom, I teach every day, whether we’re exploring a new concept or making dinner together; my daughter is learning from me. Year-round homeschooling is ideal for our family and keeps my little students happy, and engaged!


What are your thoughts on a year-round homeschool schedule? Do you do it already? Would you consider it?

Our year-round homeschool schedule.

 *A version of this post originally appeared on The Deliberate Mom.*

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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5 thoughts on “The Incredible Benefits of Year-Round Homeschool

  • Lindsey

    Hey Jennifer! I had no idea you had this blog! Awesome! (I blog at a new place, too. No longer Simply, LindseyLoo.)
    Okay, sooo…I really like this post because this is something I’ve been thinking about this week. After the holidays I made the decision that this next year we are taking off everything from Thanksgiving to New Years. Yep, a good 6-7 weeks off. First off, it’s a time of family gatherings, preparing for the new year, scheduling, BLOG PLANS! and just a whole lot of busy, busy, busy. We also are taking off 3 weeks in Spring to visit my parents (like we do each year). Who wants to do school on vacation?
    Okay, anyway, just wanted to share that tidbit. Glad to read this. Sharing on media..
    Happy Blogging!

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      Thank you for visiting me in my second home Lindsey! Yes, I started Deliberate Homeschooling on January 1st. I still have and love The Deliberate Mom but I wanted to have a place for all my homeschooling posts. I’m so passionate about homeschooling and I love writing posts about it.

      Your schedule makes wonderful sense for your family. Isn’t it funny how we just do something… because?! Your schedule sounds exactly like what your family needs. Good for you for figuring that out :)

  • Ruthie Gray

    I love your perspective here, Jennifer. Year-round takes the edge off and makes it a more relaxed atmosphere for mom and kids! You pose some great points – like no lapse in learning and built-in buffer time.

    I’ll be sharing with my readers because many of them homeschool.

    Praying for your situation over there. I hope you can gain momentum and backing in order to keep your homeschool freedoms intact! :)

    • Jennifer Bly Post author

      I just adore our year-round homeschool schedule! It’s the perfect rhythm for our family.

      Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate it! I also appreciate your prayers.