Homeschool Schedules to Fit Your Family

Winding Down or Gearing Up?

Academic years are ending. Most graders are closing out a year and winding down for summer. But not everyone homeschools via an academic school calendar. Many homeschoolers are abandoning the academic schedule concept altogether. Homeschool schedules are vastly different depending on the family. Some are choosing to school through summer, others begin their school year in January and transition with the calendar while others are choosing year round school, taking time off throughout the calendar.

Year Around Homeschool Schedule Options

This is the second summer that I will be homeschooling through the summer. I can’t say that it’s my ideal for a homeschool solution; however, I like the idea of taking time off as we go through the year. But what I found since last summer was that I wasn’t taking off much time at all. Oh, I had taken a day here and there, but nothing was really planned out. Then March rolled around this year and I felt burned out and May rolled in and I just wanted to crash.

That got me to thinking. Surely, I’m not the only one who has the dilemma of how to set a year long homeschool schedule. So I began doing what every good homeschool mom does, homeschool research.

Ideas for Homeschool Year Round Schedules

  • 9 weeks of school followed by 2 weeks off.
  • 4 weeks of school followed by 1 week off.
  • 12 weeks (3 months) of school followed by 4 weeks off (1 month).
  • Set your own schedule. Most state homeschool requirements give a minimum number of hours, that can translate into any number of days or weeks that best fits your family schedule.

So for me I’m looking at this and thinking, ‘Well I’m not sure my life fits any of these schedules.” I’m thinking the set your own schedule might be in my future. The problem with that is, I have to actually sit down and plan a schedule. This is not my strong suit. Especially in the middle of trying to school through summer. Maybe, just maybe I’ll be taking Davonne’s advice from Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids are Still in the Books.

The reality is every homeschooling family has different needs so the best schedule for your family is the one that works best for you {Tweet That}. I’m still in the process of figuring out which one that will be.

How about you? Do you school through an academic year, calendar year or year round? What works best for your family?



Renée (26 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.

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  1. says

    Right now we school during the “academic” year primarily because my husband teaches at a University (so it fits his schedule) and the extended family kind of expects it. There are also many opportunities during the summer we like to take advantage of that would interfere with full “school” schedule (swim lessons, Scout Camp, etc.). We do keep our hand in math and continue to follow our interests.

    Another schedule I’ve seen done (and have done myself) is the 6 weeks on, 1 week off schedule, which is similar to a 6-week term. It’s right around the 6 week mark that we start to feel some burn out, so I generally do try to schedule some time off or a field trip every 4-6 weeks.

    • Renée says

      That’s a great idea Susan! Plan a field trip or time off, every 4-6 weeks. It’s important to keep homeschool in perspective because we school at home and out of the home and after time, we need rest. Plain and simple.

  2. says

    Thanks for linking to my article! I personally LOVE having summers off of bookwork. We work in our garden with my mother-in-law plus we travel to see family and we visit museums, lakes, the zoo, Creation Museum, library, etc etc plus the girls have unlimited time to read, bake, sew, learn about nature and do whatever else suits their fancy. So the learning is definitely year-round but in a more relaxed way during the summer. I know some people enjoy schooling year round bookwork, but I tried it and it’s NOT for us! Good luck to you in finding a school/break balance that works for your family!

    • Renée says

      Thanks Davonne. I never wanted to school through summer last year, but Little Man did. So I followed suit. I’m sure I’ll find what will work for us. Right now, I’m just relaxing. I think our whole family needs it.

      • says

        That’s fantastic that he wanted to do school through the summer! I used to covet year-round schooling but I’ve since learned to go with the flow and thoroughly enjoy our summer breaks :)

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