Homeschooling Year Round

The Best Benefits of Homeschooling Year Round for Your Family

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Are you wondering what type of schedule to keep when it comes to homeschooling year round versus keeping a traditional school schedule of nine months a year? Well, through fourteen years of homeschooling, we have had the opportunity to try a few different types of schedules, and we eventually landed one that works for many reasons. 

We have tried following the traditional public school schedule for a few years. We even tried a six-week on and one week off schedule for a spell. But nothing has worked as well as homeschooling year round. The flexibility that homeschooling year round provides is pretty awesome. So much so, that I want to share three of the best benefits for your family if you decide to embrace homeschooling year round. 

Are you wondering what type of schedule to keep when it comes to homeschooling year round versus keeping a traditional school schedule of nine months a year? With 14 years of homeschooling experience, here is what we chose. #homeschool #homeschoolschedule #homeschoolplanning #homeschooling

3 Ways That Your Family Can Benefit From Homeschooling Year Round

  1. FreedomOne of the best parts of homeschooling year round for our family and many other homeschooling families is the freedom you will experience. Freedom to explore while everyone else is at public school has been a big perk for us. We can plan trips and vacations any time during the year to get the best rates. And as an introverted homeschool momma, I prefer to take my children on expeditions when fewer people are out and most places are less crowded. We have enjoyed many field trips and classes without crowding, which can make a huge difference in your homeschool experience. 
  2. Flexibility – Another thing that I have learned over the years is that we value flexibility in homeschooling. When you homeschool year round, you have an abundance of flexibility. With homeschooling year round, we have more flexibility in our schedule, curriculum planning, and family life. In addition, it is so much easier to schedule doctor appointments and not worry that we will get behind if we take a weekday off. Year round homeschooling gives us a better sense of our long-term homeschool goals, and it fits our lifestyle much better. 
  3. Peace – There is a certain peace that homeschooling year round brings. For one, we never feel behind when it comes to home educating. When consulting with homeschool families, I often hear that they feel behind when it comes to keeping up with their curriculum. Well, I think about it this way, if a standard curriculum has 160-180 lessons – the pressure to complete those lessons over nine months can feel constrictive. But what if you had a year? What if you could schedule those 180 lessons over 365 days versus 270? It takes so much pressure off when you have more time to plan and play with. 

Homeschooling Year Round

How Do You Change Grade Levels When Homeschooling Year Round?

I want to address this because it is a common question that comes up when I consult families that are considering homeschooling year round. How do you level up your homeschool curriculum from year to year? It is simple, and I can use my own family as an example. 

We homeschool each year from August to August. Typically, we take time off in June or July for summer vacations and take time off in December to enjoy Advent activities in place of our usual homeschool routine. So we complete the current curriculum level by July of each year to promote each grade level in August. That way, we can still experience the back-to-homeschool buzz and traditional celebrations

But, another wonderful perk of homeschooling is that YOU get to choose what works best for your family! There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to planning your homeschool year

I hope these three significant benefits of homeschooling will encourage you to try homeschooling year round. There are so many ways that year round homeschooling can bless your family. 


  1. Kyra C

    I often dream of schooling year round, but I also have so ingrained myself and my kids with the idea of a summer break. Unfortunately, we all know the summer, especially July, gets hot and no one is enjoying the outdoors. Honestly, I’m not sure how I would shift it, but I appreciate your perspective!

    1. Thanks Kyra! We still take time off during the summer, we just have so much more flexibility in planning holidays and time off. Summer is a great time to transition too.

  2. Calina

    Thank you for the great advice. I plan on homeschooling year round. I plan to transition into summer months with just review work and unit studies.

  3. Erin King

    I love schooling year round! I went through a divorce the year I began homeschooling my two oldest children. I was a single working homeschool mom for 6 years. One of the biggest benefits I discovered is that we didn’t experience the “slide” – loss of learning that occurs during longer breaks. By continuing throughout the year only taking shorter segments of days off we actually skipped many lessons at the beginning and end of textbooks because they were just review of what they expected a child to forget from the previous year.

    1. Congratulations on working and homeschooling! That is awesome that you have found your groove homeschooling year-round too. Love that!

  4. Jane

    I really like the thought of year-round homeschool. I am just encouraged reading your blogs and look forward to my first homeschool session in September! I have 3 kids (11, 7, 3… and the little one is excited to be doing “school” with her sibs).

    1. Welcome to homeschooling! How exciting for you guys! Thank you for stopping by and please let me know if I can help in any way. – Courtney

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