This week's Carnival of Homeschooling (at Walking Therein) theme is: the end of the school year. I didn't plan ahead and once again didn't contribute anything to this carnival.
But, I'm always curious about homeschoolers' ideas about the "school year." I think as long as I've been an adult I've wondered why schools still have 3 months of summer vacation. If my kids were in school I'd be a proponent of year-round schooling. It just doesn't make sense to me to just stop for such a long time, especially for little kids who lose skills so quickly. OK, mine do. So everyone's kids must, right?
So we don't take summer off. We keep doing certain things. Reading, for sure. History, but we love that anyway. Geography goes with history. Writing, math, phonics for the one who needs it - all those go on. Bible and Catechism, of course. But that's not really school. That's life. But so is everything else, right? So why quit for 3 months? Why not take shorter breaks throughout the year instead of one long one?
And yet... I think goals and deadlines are good for everyone, so for our next school year (which according to Pennsylvania law, runs from July 1 to June 30) we'll be setting goals on a quarterly basis. This will be a good exercise for me this year; next year, if it works out well, the kids will get involved in setting some of their own. I need a year of practice because I'm not so good at it.
This does not mean my kids are chained to a chair for 8 hours a day all summer (they're not in the fall or winter either). We'll probably take most of June off, about 3 weeks. But Daddy starts school again in July, so we will too: an hour (sometimes more, sometimes less) of "tablework" most days, lounging in the hammock reading, taking short close to home day-trips to the science museum and historic sites, swimming lessons, park days with friends... sounds like a good summer to me. And, no review, no catching up on some magical day in September when we restart.
Now, go over to the Carnival and see what others have to say.
Oh, and everyone might not like Alice Cooper, so click below at your own risk.