Traditionally-schooled kids look forward to summer break, Christmas break, and the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday all year long – but what about homeschoolers? Should a homeschooling family take time off from learning just because it’s a holiday? The answer depends on your family, your kids, and the amount of structure in your lessons.
Unschoolers: Every Day is a Holiday
In an unschooling family, the lack of structured learning means that every day is like a holiday. Kids still learn, but they learn from day-to-day life, as well as educational outings, field trips, projects, and other activities. There’s a lot to learn during any holiday break, from math as you budget for the big family meal, to social studies and cartography as you map out the different routes when traveling to meet family.
Desk-schoolers: Holidays are Important
If you’re a family who homeschools from lesson books and worksheets, and structures your learning around a more traditional model, taking days off is really important. Your kids need some time off, just like a kid in public school, so give him some low-key reading assignments and set him free.
Vacations and Homeschooling
Depending on your family’s learning style, you may want to take some time off around the holidays – remember, life is a learning experience, so there’s always something to discover.
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