The last day of “school” translates into so many ways for homeschool families. For us, it’s fluid throughout the year, with extra schedule flexibility in the summer to accommodate spontaneous outings with school friends.
In the summer, most kids go to the beach, play sports, fishing, camps and park outings. Simply, all the things they were not able to do because they were in school.
For most homeschooling families, outings and fun are part of the weekly curriculum. So its nothing new really. However, if a strict curriculum is maintained throughout the summer, there could be some disadvantages.
Homeschool kids who school through the summer may feel left out or like they are missing out. Mainstream memories highlight summer vacation memories as grander than life. Though this is not necessarily true, our kids should have the option to share in the festivity of summer.
A lot of homeschooling critics would also point out summer is the perfect time for socialization, especially with school peers.
Some of our best friends are school kids. So the only time we can truly spend time with them is in the summer months. Our flexible curriculum and schedule helps us keep in touch with people we would otherwise lose touch with.
Its possible to have our cake and eat it too. One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom to do what fits the family best. We can accommodate special interests, activities and learning styles. Why not then summer vacation?
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Article By Nuria Almeida
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