Self explanatory really.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:19 AM
Self explanatory really.
Edited by Jean in Newcastle, 07 December 2017 - 02:20 AM.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 03:24 AM
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:56 AM
I am back to work now, so I take a break when I am dictated to take a break
But when I HSed, I took breaks as necessary/desired.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:22 AM
Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:37 AM
My kids really, REALLY don't do well with unstructured time, so I put off breaks as long as possible.
This year we are hosting an extended family Christmas party on the 23rd, so there is quite a bit I need to get done in the next two weeks. It would be wonderful to say we are taking those weeks off, but ultimately the kids would go off the rail and it would end up being much more stressful for me. Instead, over the coming weeks I will drop some of their subjects as we hit nice stopping spots, and I will replace them in the daily schedule with chores or fun, independent work.
Our last day of school will be the 21st, we will start a light school schedule again on the 26th, and school will be fully back in session on the 1st of January.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:36 AM
We schedule our big breaks to coincide with the local volleyball club schedule which is an all year thing. The club schedule follows the local school schedule so it is a big break in winter, a week in fall, two weeks in spring, and two months in summer. If we aren't going anywhere then we school for at least part of the breaks because there seems to be little point in just sitting around the house.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:22 AM
We start as early as possible in July because it is hot as heck anyway, after that I aim for breaks about every 6 weeks. I try to coincide with the holidays when possible, our first two sessions this year were 7 wks so the second break would match with Thanksgiving. Now, we just have 4 wks of work until we do another week break for Christmas. I've found this works the best for us. I can't go much longer than 7 wks without everyone getting all antsy and things falling behind, I use breaks to catch up on cleaning and appointments.
I usually do 1 wk breaks but sometimes do 2 wks in the fall or at Christmas, depending on how early we get started and how everything works out. We don't really do a spring break because I schedule us to start early so we can be done by the time the weather really starts to get nice. We like to have off in the spring, it feels like a special treat to be done before anyone else.
After we officially finish the year we take off completely 2-4 wks but then start with summer work to keep the brain fresh and a little bit of structure, reading time(kids pick) and some math practice (online or games- generally no official curriculum or if it is we just do short lessons).
Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:44 AM
Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:10 AM
Edited by Garga, 07 December 2017 - 08:11 AM.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:12 AM
We generally school year-round, but we take a lot of days off due to my health issues.
We take week-long breaks when we go to see family or when family comes to see us.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:13 AM
Mostly when it suits me and mine. I keep a light schedule plan in case we just need a break but maybe not a full week or something like that. I'm going to have to rethink it for high-school though. Right now I don't feel bad about letting science or history slip in favor of a documentary or reading on something interesting, but I have a feeling I'm going to have to be a little less relaxed about that next year. Still--maybe I can have lighter science days with more reading, or have a few study days for review that might work.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:23 AM
We do best with a lot of short days, so there's some school every weekday unless there's a reason there can't be: grandparents visiting, travel, summer camp, illness, holiday, etc.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:37 AM
Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:09 PM
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:47 PM
During the two years that I wasn't working at all outside the home, I tried to maintain a schedule of 6 weeks on, 1 week off , much like 8FilltheHeart. I really liked that schedule. We also took off time to go on holidays (one month in the winter) and I tried to have the one week off coincide with things like the winter public school break and the spring public school break so that they had time to spend with their public school friends (if it didn't coincide we usually just ended up taking a day off here and there).
Now that I am have been working for the last couple of years, albeit part time, we tend to take a break whenever it feels like we need one. We took a lot of time off this summer, and we usually don't. I just didn't have the energy to do much this summer. Right now we've been going pretty much daily since the start of September but it seems like one day per week is usually lost (in an academic sense) to something (park day, appointments, errands that just can't get done during the evening etc) so we are going to continue until close to Christmas and take a week off then and probably just plod on through until near the end of March when we'll probably take another week off. So, much like the public school year around here this year.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:02 PM
Edited by Hobbes, 07 December 2017 - 02:03 PM.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:09 PM
We have always (loosely) followed the public school schedule. All of the kids' activities follow the school schedule so it just makes life easier. We don't take all the half-days and random holidays that the the schools take. Instead we take a full week off at Thanksgiving, two full weeks at Christmas, and longer breaks whenever we're sick or want to take a vacation.
I like having a schedule for our year. It gives us all a break to look forward to, and I can schedule appointments and stuff for a time when it won't mess up our whole homeschooling day.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:32 PM
Right now our routine is that we do homeschool any weekday morning that we're home and is not a holiday. We like to go camping so we take that time off any time it comes up and I don't worry about taking days off to go do day trips. I try to keep all activities/classes or appointments scheduled in the afternoon. Since my kids are elementary aged right now I don't schedule out our work so if we're feeling tired or need a bit of a break I just adjust on the fly but we still do mom planned things during that time.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:02 PM
Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:09 PM
We basically follow the public school schedule, but we often take some extra time off, and we tend to take a week or two when I need it. We still get lots done.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:24 PM
I set up a calendar for the school year during the summer. I plan out our breaks ahead of time. There have been a few, very few, times I have deviated from this for illness, death in the family, etc., but typically my kids do much better with a planned out school year.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:52 PM
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:01 PM
1. When I start hearing The Nutcracker in my head everywhere I go. (Two of my kids take Russian ballet and The Nutcracker takes over our lives in November.)
2. When we start running out of schoolwork to do...time to take a break and start a new "semester".
3. When the calendar flips to the month of May. May is awful. Ballet recital, dress rehearsals, ballet pictures, end-of-year parties, track season starts, gymnastics end-of-year performances, Confirmation graduation... Man, I'm getting stressed out just thinking about it.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:15 PM
Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:09 PM
I fill out my calendar with the dates of our co-ops, field trips, scouts dates, dance recitals, etc. etc. at the beginning of the year. Some subjects I really do want to try to complete in a year like math, so I then fill out the calendar with that, scheduling the lessons in. I put some subjects by the week, like say spelling, do lesson 1 on week 1, etc. I have learned to schedule a week for makeup here and there.
I also put in a fall break. Sometimes the fall break might not end up on the exact dates I planned, but by making time in the schedule for it we don't get "behind" my schedule. Often projects from co-op classes and/or scouts might take more time and we don't get all of our at home done in a day, so the make up comes in handy.
At times like now, we are wrapping up co-ops and parties for the year, meaning my kids will get a break from some of those outside classes. Now we will focus on my subjects at home to wrap up what I want done this semester (notebooks in order, math lessons through where I planned, finish writing those papers they've been dragging their feet on, etc. And we are taking lots of light days right now too. Today was a Christmas party for my two youngers with homeschool group. Teenager did her math, studied for science, and had her piano lesson. Then we all spent time working on Christmas gifts and cards for their co-op teachers, then we spent time on their current home ec project... sewing. So a very light day. Next week we have things going on for two full days, so they will have only 3 days. After that the week of Christmas there will only be read alouds and finishing anything they are behind on. Then they will get a week off between Christmas and New Years. So basically mine will get two weeks off.
That works better for us than longer because we only do 3-4 full days during the school week, with the other day and a half for field trips, enrichment, and such. So year round shorter weeks just fit us better.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 11:46 PM
We had generally scheduled regular breaks:
We took those breaks because:
Other breaks happened as needed (e.g., grandparents visiting, it's Wednesday in March so let's go to Disneyland)
Posted 07 December 2017 - 11:46 PM
Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:01 AM
Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:29 AM
We don't really because mine doesn't do well if we do a full stop for more than a day or two. We keep something going on even if it is just math, piano, and lighter stuff.
Posted 08 December 2017 - 05:36 AM
You mean a break as far as holidays and lengthier time off, or a break for an afternoon or a day or two?
For the first, we always went along with the public school calendar. Our family was always very involved with community activities, so it made sense that we stayed on a kind of general community calendar.
For the second, it was whenever I thought we needed it.
Posted 08 December 2017 - 06:29 AM
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Posted 08 December 2017 - 10:38 AM
We have always loosely followed the public school calendar as all of dd's friends are in school and many of her activities follow that calendar. We do not take off for snow days or random public school off days but I am open to negotiation if something really fun or cool is happening on one of those days. Dd has two outsourced classes that come close to the public school calendar as well so it just makes sense to loosely stick to that.
Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:45 PM
We take 3 days off for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks at Christmas, plus 2 or 3 mental health days in the spring because at some unspecified day around the Ides of March we have hit our limit.
We are done by Memorial Day. My kids know this, want this, and work hard to make this happen. (My oldest two do sports with the local high school, so they have to keep going with that through June, but academic work is done.)
Mentally, year round schooling does not work well for us; we need the feeling of being DONE. We can't climb Everest without the rush of reaching the summit.
BUT, in extenuating circumstances, I would do whatever works *for my family* and still meets the legal requirements. Year round, 4 day weeks, whatever.
Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:40 AM
Edited by HoppyTheToad, 09 December 2017 - 08:41 AM.
Posted 09 December 2017 - 12:57 PM
We took off a couple months when I had a baby. We tend to take off days my spouse is home. We are going on a trip this summer and won't do school then. However, we don't take a lot of long breaks just because: some parts of the year are lighter than others, but they don't tend to do well with long periods of unstructured time and starting school back up then is painful, so mostly, we don't completely stop
Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:04 PM
My oldest (11) can’t handle breaks. Even Christmas week at grandma’s will involve one or two hours of work each weekday. The year he was in 3rd grade was the worst. That year he couldn’t handle weekends off. I figured it out in November and decided I had to trudge through seven days a week. We did 267 days of school that year.
Maybe someday we’ll be able to take a week off and I can get caught up around here.
Posted 13 December 2017 - 11:49 PM
Our fall, winter, spring and summer breaks match the local ps schedule (modified year round) so youngest can hang out with her ps friends when they're off of school. Those seasonal breaks are 2 weeks each. Summer is 6 or 7 weeks.
Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:02 PM
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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:05 PM
Well, I have one in ps early childhood special ed preschool and one taking a class at the middle school, so we basically follow the district schedule.
Posted 14 December 2017 - 10:13 PM
Edited by Arcadia, 14 December 2017 - 10:14 PM.
Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:42 AM
Normally I lay out all of our materials, plus the schedule for any on-line or local classes and start with the date I want us to be free to take a longer summer break (usually 3 weeks full break for the summer so we can do other things) and I work backwards, determining where a good break might work. I also work out a week off for Thanksgiving and 2 weeks for Christmas/New Years plus a week off in the Spring. That is only a guide, though, and I flex as needed. I found I needed a general guide in place and written up in Homeschool Planet, though, or we did a lot more sliding/flexing than was healthy/productive. With it all carefully laid out in HP I can shift things around but still clearly see our overall goals and where we have room to shift and change and where we really should try to stay on schedule.
For instance, we were supposed to continue with full school through Wednesday of next week but DD has had a REALLY hard, intense week this week with several things due for our stuff plus a lot due for on-line classes that took a lot of her brain power. She is exhausted and is still working on a mid-term and an essay due today. She and I talked and she will be stopping everything after today except math and math will only be short daily review lessons (math is hard for her and she forgets quickly if not reviewed). I looked over what was left, shifted things around so everything will be caught up with in January without overly taxing any of us and within minutes the schedule was adjusted and she and I both felt relief.
I did the same for DS. I looked over what really needed to be done now if possible and shifted the rest to January, broken up so it won't be a huge slog that first week back into full academics. I gave DS a checklist of things he still needs to finish and once those are done he is also done until we resume full academics in January. I told him he could do them in any order and as long as I am not working on something that would need to take precedent I will be there. He is steadily working through and will probably be done by tomorrow or Sunday.
Basically, we do better with a schedule that was planned out ahead of time but we take breaks when we have to. Sometimes for our own mental and physical wellbeing it is just time.
Posted 15 December 2017 - 12:50 PM