During our first year of homeschooling, we observed every holiday and took breaks just like the public school. It almost seemed easier to follow their schedule. And with one child, it was. However, when we added more children to the homeschool mix, we soon realized that taking off all the holidays was harder than schooling through.
We realized we had to change a few things, because what we were doing was no longer working. That year, we decided to take a break from Thanksgiving until New Years, which meant we needed to make up the time elsewhere. We moved to a four-day school week and we did homeschool through the Spring and into Summer. We didn’t even take off for holidays, but rather worked through them.
Homeschooling during holidays may just sound like a huge weight on your shoulders or a source of stress for you and your family. However, if done properly, homeschooling through the spring and summer holidays can still be fun and help you get ahead in your homeschool! There are a number of ways you can make homeschooling over the holiday’s fun.
Do not add extra work
If you want to continue to homeschool through the spring and summer holidays, you don’t need to add extra work. Instead, you can use this time to add to your current lesson plans. Do some of those fun activities or crafts you didn’t get the chance to do or even spread your lesson plans out a little more. This will make the whole process less stressful and way more enjoyable.
Do a unit study
Unit studies can be a fun way to incorporate the holidays into your lesson plans! Easter is a great opportunity to break out a unit study and do a deep dive into the Easter holiday. Learn all about the Easter bunny, the meaning of Easter, and the traditions associated with it. Incorporate dying Easter eggs into your unit study and find other fun ways to keep it interesting.
Take breaks when you need them
During the first half of the year, there are a lot of holidays in close proximity to each other. We have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then New Year’s almost back to back. During the second half of the year, the holidays are a little more spread out. This means that it’s important to take breaks when you need them! If you are going to be homeschooling a few extra days, make sure you are still making time for time off.
Plan fun activities
Nothing is more boring than sitting inside all day when the sun is shining and everyone is playing outside. Plan fun activities at least once a week for your kids to do that are outside of the traditional homeschool activities. These don’t have to include field trips but could be fun science experiments, nature studies, or other hands-on learning ideas. Make sure that you are getting plenty of time outdoors during the spring and summer months, or the extra homeschool days are going to start to feel like extra months.
Save your days off
When we decided to homeschool through the Spring and Summer holidays, it was for several reasons. One, we had already taken off an entire month in the previous semester. And two, we wanted to the freedom to take breaks on the nice, sunny days. So now, we save our days off and homeschool during the rainy days and the days its too hot to go outside.
Don’t overdo it
My last tip for those of you who are considering homeschooling during the spring and summer holidays is not to overdo it. You don’t have to work through EVERY single holiday if you don’t want to. If you have plans that sound more fun than doing school work, it’s okay to say that you want to do that instead.
No matter how you choose to spend those holidays, I hope this post has given you a few ideas! One thing we love to do is incorporate learning into our everyday lives. This makes it less like work and more fun. Our Gardening Unit Study is the perfect Spring or Summer solution!
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