We’ve homeschooled through the last few summers, using a schedule some would call year-round homeschooling, and we’ve made it work. Was it totally needed? No. It was a choice I made so that we could have a lighter load and take more breaks during the calendar year.
But you know what? As the summer months approach, I can’t help but realize how much we all need a break from homeschool this summer.
The funny part is, I feel a little guilty about it. So I made a list of reasons we should take time away from the books this summer. Having a list of reasons, much like having a homeschool mission statement, helps keep me focused on the goal.
Summer means more spontaneous, delight-directed learning.
In our home, formal learning takes up a big chunk of our day. This doesn’t mean real life learning won’t happen alongside our formal homeschool lessons – that’s impossible. But setting aside the structured homeschool lessons of the school year for a summer break leaves room for spontaneity and delight-directed explorations. We can also invest time into fun that builds relationships.
Letting your kids get bored is healthy for their development.
When you remove formal schooling from the schedule, you have a lot of extra time in the schedule. Don’t be so quick to fill up this time though. Allow as much time as you can for unstructured free time. This means you’ll have bored kids for the beginning of most days, but encourage them to find something to do.
Kids are naturally creative, and they will find something to entertain themselves with. Don’t let that mom guilt make you feel like you need to keep their whole schedule filled up with activities to do.
Taking a summer break means mom gets to take a mental breather.
Let’s get brutally honest here. We love homeschooling our kids for many reasons:
- It’s a first class education.
- We can tailor their learning to their specific learning styles.
- There is a lot of flexibility.
But it’s hard work on our part as parents. We do this work willingly with the utmost love, but the reality is we need a break, too. Taking time off means you get to take off your homeschool mom hat and forget grading papers and teaching lessons for a few weeks.
Summer break is an opportunity to let yourself regroup without the pressures of keeping up with everything in your home, family, and life – all while homeschooling.
Enjoy the time to simply be and enjoy the natural flow of life for a few months.
A summer break sets you up for a fresh beginning in the fall.
Disconnecting from something for a bit helps you regain focus and refreshes your enthusiasm. After your summer break, you will be recharged and ready to tackle the new year with full energy and excitement.
I’m curious, will you be taking a summer break from homeschooling?