Sabbath Schooling – How it saved my homeschool from burnout!



Affiliate links may have been used in this post. To read our full disclaimer, click here.

Have you ever heard of Sabbath Schooling? I hadn’t until I read an article in Home Educating Family Magazine a few years ago.  As soon as I read it I felt a burden lift off my shoulders. I KNEW this was for me!

Do you experience burn-out in your homeschool? I invite you to read on to find out how you too can breathe easier and bring life back into your homeschool!

First off ~ Sabbath Schooling is NOT doing school on Sundays!  Sabbath Schooling uses the principle that on the seventh day God rested. Bringing that into the homeschooling realm…we rest every seventh week.

How does it work?
Each family will be a little different, but this is how it works for us. This is our third year doing Sabbath Schooling. We typically start school around the end of August. We do school for six weeks and take the seventh week off. We keep up this schedule and move around as needed to accomodate for Thanksgiving. We also only school 4 days a week, taking Fridays off.

Come December, we take the ENTIRE month off! This allows  for spending quality time with family, baking Christmas goodies, making presents, shopping, etc. We resume the first Monday in January.

We proceed to keep this schedule and tweak as needed to make our Sabbath week our “Spring Break” and Easter break. Then we finish out the year on our 6/1 schedule until the end of June (or until we finish everything). We take about 6 weeks off or sometimes longer, then we resume our schedule.

The idea is to spread out the school year a bit instead of cramming everything into a typical 9 month schedule. Doing this allows for easier scheduling of things like dentist and doctor appointments, errands, and even lesson planning!

For states that have restrictions on how many days you have to school, you could modify this schedule to fit your needs. An example would be doing 5 days a week instead of 4, or taking every 8th or 9th week off. Luckily, in my state, we do not have attendance requirements. I still manage to get about 36 weeks of school in using this method.

One perk for motivation: My daughter has always understood that if she doesn’t get everything done during the 6 weeks of school, she will be working during our Sabbath Week. In three years, this has never happened! It is a good motivating tool to keep on keeping on ~ with a light at the end of the tunnel!

Find out about your state’s compulsory attendance laws and requirements here.

If you would like to read the article that changed our homeschool for good, click here!

If you are Sabbath Schooling or doing a version of it that you tweaked for your family’s needs, tell us about it on our Facebook Page! Gleaning wisdom from each other rocks!

Written by Carrie

Carrie

Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She is also the Operations Manager for Build Your Bundle – a once a year HUGE homeschooling sale. She has been homeschooling for ten years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

Opt In Image
Join our growing list of 120,000 homeschoolers who LOVE free stuff!

Is my email safe and will I get junk? Click here for info.

Similar Posts You Might Like:


Need An Affordable Approach to Learning?
Save time, money and stress with our award-winning online homeschool curriculum!

More Free and Cheap Christmas Kindle Books for Kids

More Free and Cheap Christmas Kindle Books  Please remember, Amazon prices can change quickly. The books below were free at the time this post went live, but may only be so for a limited time. Please double check the price before purchasing any of the books below.      Christmas Stories {FREE} - Merry Christmas! Your child will enjoy this…

DIY Clipboards with FREE Printable Scripture Verse

This little bit of gorgeousness can hang on your wall for just a few bucks. Or maybe you already have Mod Podge, scrapbooking paper, spare paint, and a clip board. If that's the case, this project will be virtually free! Take an afternoon to make this delightful DIY Clipboard. The…

9 Kindle Book Deals for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien — The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and more!

Please note: The following Kindle books were discounted at the time of posting, but likely will only be so for a limited time. Prices can change quickly. Please verify the price before purchasing.   Read these books on your Kindle or free Kindle  Reading App, available for your smart phone,…

How to Grocery Shop Once a Month with FREE Printable

There is an art to grocery shopping. Anything other than a once-a-day trip to the market takes planning and preparation. These free printables are going to make it easy on you, enabling you to buy in bulk and save time and money!Click here to download your free printable!

19 Clever Clothing Refashions

Every Saturday night my daughter asks me, "What are you wearing to church tomorrow?" And every Saturday night I tell her, "The same ol'-same ol'...a top and either my black pants or my black skirt." Does this sound familiar? I have a closet full of clothes, but feel like I…

FREE Wintertime Kids Organization and Cleaning Checklist

This FREE Wintertime Kids Organization and Cleaning Checklist Pack is a great resource to help your kids learn how to help around the house! Kids need to learn how to help keep their things organized and cleaned. In doing so, the kids will be helping mom with her daily housekeeping tasks! Inside you'll…

Don’t forget to teach your kids these life skills {free printable}

In the busy life of homeschooling it's easy to forget basic skills that every person needs. We're so busy teaching history, science, math, and grammar that it's easy for other things to go unnoticed. But there are plenty of skills that kids need that they might not learn in their…

Trash to Treasure Projects for Kids

If you're putting things in your back room just waiting for weather nice enough to have a yard sale, you might want to re-think it. Check out these fantastic Trash to Treasure Project for Kids! Give that old junk new life!Click here to make treasure!

FREE Printable Baby Is Sleeping No Soliciting Sign

There's nothing worse than someone ringing the doorbell when the baby is down for a nap. If she wakes up before she got her nap in, mom and baby are both going to be cranky! Download and print this free, printable Baby Is Sleeping No Soliciting Sign and hang it on…

90+ Sweet Orange Recipes

Oranges, sweet oranges! Oh how I could eat oranges at every meal...every day. I just love them! They are juicy, sweet and so refreshing for summer. I only wish we could grow our own here in Indiana, but I'll have to do with store bought. However, since I can't eat…

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL NEW POSTS

Notebooking Pages Free Resources