Seasonal homeschooling. How it`s opened up a world of opportunity for us 👇.
A few years ago we discovered seasonal homeschooling, taking advantage of what each season has to offer and creating a lifestyle of learning. No more more daily "classes", but instead an immersive way of learning. Most of our studying is through unit studies, focusing on one idea and applying it to multiple subjects. One month might be alternative energy, and one month might be Vikings. Most people learn by experience, kids are no exception, so we`ve found a way to make learning, traveling, AND adventure a way of life.
Here`s our yearly schedule:
Winter: History based studies. A season of slowness and contemplation. We slow down our travel schedule and focus on history, visiting lots of museums.
Spring: Lifestyle based studies. We do most of of our big travels during the "shoulder season", spring and fall. Less crowds, lower prices, and a great time for big field trips all over the country.
Summer: Science based studies. Natural science is all around us in the summer! There are so many opportunities to watch things grow and long hours for experimenting and discovering. Our travel schedule slows down, to avoid the crowds, and we stick to local adventures and lots of days swimming at the lake.
Fall: Lifestyle based studies. Our biggest travel season of the year! We travel pretty much non stop in the Fall, the summer crowds are gone and the weather is perfect for hiking. We treat this season like most would a "summer break". We`ll still do lots of lifestyle studies, junior ranger badges, learning more about the places we`re visiting, and amazing experiences too.
What about the basics? We`re not a total unschool family, it`s still important to me that my kids are set up for any opportunity they might want in the future. So math and reading are daily non-negotiables for us. Every weekday, year round.
What do you think about seasonal homeschooling? Crazy or genius?