A few years back, we switched to doing school year round. I really, really like taking the month of December off. I like having us just work on our handmade gifts, and do lots of baking that month without the stress of trying to fit it all in around concerts and parties too. I like not having super bored kids in the summer. It’s ended up being a win-win.
So people ask me how I count my days. Do we do a few weeks on, a few weeks off or what exactly?
So here’s my fancy, smansy equation: we do school when we are at home and it makes sense. We don’t do school when we are not at home, or we are too busy at home doing other things.
It’s so ridiculously simple it works. So let’s say we are in the middle of gardening season, or canning season, and we need to spend 4 hours a day outside at least, working hard in the sun or over a stove. Do we do school later? No. I’m tired. Take a nap, read a book, leave me alone. Our “school” that day was gardening or preserving. We’ll hang out and eat popcorn. We’ll shell peas and talk about current events as a part of natural conversation. But we don’t “do school.”