Some families homeschool all year long with a few weeks of scattered breaks throughout the year, and it works well for their family. But it’s not for all families.
With all that comes being a homeschool family, a break is welcomed and important for everyone!
Here are 5 benefits to not homeschooling in the summer and what it does for you and your children.
Benefit #1: Refreshment
Taking a scheduled break during the summer gives you permission to relax and refresh yourself.
Perhaps you’ve started reading a book and never finished it. Maybe you feel like it would be nice to reset a few things in your home and family. Perhaps you’ve been trying to balance it all. Whatever the case, it’s great to consider a time, like summer, as an opportunity to fill your cup and nourish yourself from the inside out.
Even if you enjoy homeschooling your kiddos (I sure do!), the summer off gives you a chance to refresh and rejuvenate, so that when it’s time to start the homeschool routine again, you feel ready and excited!
Benefit #2: Kids Naturally Learn
They really do.
Kids are naturally inquiry. So whether you’re planning a family vacation, daytrips, stay-cations, etc., there’s opportunity to learn everywhere, so a structured homeschool routine isn’t always necessary.
In fact, a lot of learning AND growth happens in your children over the summer. What might have been difficult for your kids, just takes time and with time comes maturity.
Benefit #3: Next Year’s Homeschool Prep
Summer really gives time to prepare for next year’s homeschool.
This includes taking time to pray, reflect, reset, research, decide and plan. A guide like this with simple steps is very helpful in this process.
Benefit #4: Reconnection
Being that family is all about relationships and winning the hearts of our children, reconnection necessitates our time.
In homeschooling, we recognize that one of the many benefits is connection with our children. But what about intentional time with our kids outside of the typical homeschool routine? Perhaps dive into the things they love and be spontaneous!
Benefit #5: Creativity
If you’re like me and you thrive on being creative and thinking outside the box, then space and freedom are especially important. And nothing blocks creativity more than the pressure that we put on ourselves, the stress of schedules and the lack of self-care.
When summer comes, there’s breathing room for other things that are important. These benefits to not homeschooling in summer are reason enough to take a much needed break!
Melanie is a homeschool mom to 2, living in Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about encouraging homeschool moms who are just like her – unqualified to homeschool, yet called by God to do it. Melanie loves coffee, worship music, and the mountains. You can find resources, printables and more from Melanie at Wildly Anchored, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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