- We could avoid the Summer Memory Loss Syndrome and avoid so much focus on reteaching those "lost" skills.
- We could feel free to take days or weeks off at leisure throughout the year without worrying about "getting behind". On days we have appointments we could just take the whole day off without concern and enjoy or venture out if the house. I could call a cleaning week break... or day.
- When we hit the "blahs" we could have a "holiday" and address the issue causing the "blahs" and start again refreshed.
- I still would seperate school years sometime in the Summer with a one-two week Summer Break.
- I am thinking of using the whole month of December to focus on mostly "Other" activities. At our house that is stuff other than the 3R's. Maybe do the 3R's one or two days a week during that time to keep it fresh.
- I have heard of people doing 6 weeks on and 1 week off, etc. Those intrigue me, but with a toddler and baby in tow I like the idea of waking up one morning and looking at the chaos and saying, "No school today. We are going to focus on ______ today." If someone is sick, we can have the flexibility to deal with those issues.
- ...and on and on and on.... :)
For all my loyal commenters out there what Yearly Schedule do you follow? What makes it work for your life? Do you like flexibility or structured? Or both combined? Do you have any tips for my Random Yearly Schedule?
I have to say that I am a person who desires structure; however, as God has blessed me with children I have had to be willing to change a lot. Since we began homeschooling I have struggled with my desire to be structured, but be flexible. We drop everything for "company". I want my kids to value relationships and not have their head in academics all day, but how do you do that and stay on track with academics. I think the key for us will be to spread out the academics year round.