4 Top Reasons NOT to Homeschool Summer

Whether you’ve been homeschooling for a short time period or you’ve been around the homeschooling block several times over, the matter of whether or not to do homeschool summers can still be a question.

The reason for this is that your children’s needs change and sometimes it makes sense to have school in the summer whereas at other times, you might feel the need to take that time off.

While there are definite benefits to homeschooling year-round, in this post, we’re going to focus on reasons NOT to continue homeschool summertimes.

homeschool summer - children playing outside

Many homeschooling families use their summers for what might be called “homeschool lite” mode. Your kids might finish their main curriculum work and move into a mode where you keep up with some of the basic skills in math, grammar, and reading so that don’t lose ground over the summer.  

This often works well for younger kids, but it can become more of a burden than a help. Older kids and teenagers don’t necessarily need the structure and repetition of the basic building blocks. Your choice whether or not to homeschool summer can also depend on if it’s just “too much” on any given year with other family situations you might be dealing with. Your child’s learning style will also have a bearing on these decisions.

4 Reasons NOT to Homeschool Summer

Here are some straightforward why you might not want to homeschool in the summer!

1. Mom Needs a Break

I don’t know about you, but at a certain point, I need to NOT be responsible for so much! Raising kids and keeping a house is a tough job; add homeschooling onto that plate, and it is a recipe for burnout! By the time the nice weather hits, I am looking forward to soaking up the sun and mindlessly reading a book by the pool while the kids swim.

If you need a break, Mama, don’t feel guilty about giving your kids or teens the summer off of school!

2. Kids Want Some Free Time

I am not just talking about quiet afternoons or a schedule-free weekend; I am talking about real time off. A real break from the schedules and notebooks.

Each of your kids will use their time in different ways. You might have one who wants to sleep in, one who wants to be up early to play as many video games as possible, or one who wants to be able to choose what he or she is going to do and at what time.

3. Summer Schedules Bring New Activity Opportunities

Often, during the summer, there are different classes and activities available because other kids are off from school. You’ll definitely want to look into local extracurricular learning opportunities such as art or dance classes, science camps, pottery, and more.

If you are tied to a homeschool summer learning schedule, then there is no time for extra things like this, which could spark interest in your kids in a whole new direction.

4. Time to Regroup for a New Year

The summer months are a great time to get organized, donate or resell homeschool things your kids have outgrown, declutter, and deep clean shelves, carpets, etc.

Store away curricula you may use again and start gathering up things for the coming year. When you don’t take an extended break, it’s easy for things to pile up and you can end up overwhelmed with clutter and disorganization. Having this extra time not only gives you a much needed break but you also have time to wind down from one year and prepare for the coming year.

Whether your family chooses to homeschool year-round or take the summer off, make sure you take the time to think and pray about what works best for your family at this stage in your homeschool journey.

How about you? Do you homeschool through the summer? Why or why not?

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6 Comments

  1. We just finished our first year of homeschooling (we began in February after we withdrew our daughter from public school) and have been working briefly each day in workbooks and reading. I think for us it felt like we needed to continue the momentum we had built up so we are going to work through the summer. I can definitely see the advantages in taking the summer “off” for both the kids and mom though! Hopefully by this time next year we will have a better grasp of how our schooling will go and be able to take a breather, gather ourselves and prepare for the coming year. This year though has been a live and learn experience for us so we are rolling with it! 🙂

  2. It depends on the year, whether not we school that summer. I’ve been homeschooling for 15 years, have 2 homeschool graduates and two still homeschooled. We started out with homeschooling in the summer, but a few years in, I discovered something that is very important to homeschooling moms (although it took a few more years to really trust this gem of a discovery)– change in homeschooling is ok. Good even. As our life needs change, our homeschool will too. That is the beauty of homeschooling. We can adapt it to whatever we need. Homeschooling is not just a way to educate your kids, it’s a lifestyle that will be with all of you for the rest of your lives.
    So, some years we school year round, others we take a break (we’ve even had ‘summer vacation’ in winter once!). Each year is still full of wonderful discoveries and continued changes. I wouldn’t want it any other way!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, you are right. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to do what’s best for our children from one year to the next. 🙂

  3. This is our first year homeschooling. We plan to school through summer, but we take breaks through the year and here soon our family will be growing and we will be taking time off with that.
    . Our plan is not to try and keep a Monday through Friday school schedule all year but take breaks when we need to and unwind, take family vacations, hikes in the national park or even just go have some kind of fun when we feel the need or want. As long as they get 180 days in a year we are good.
    . This is our way of thinking at the moment. It may change later on. I do like hearing your opinions on it though

  4. Every year I aim to continue school through the summer but it never happens. We always take the opportunity for the kids to try different activities and usually that means school is brushed over. This summer we are really going to try the “light work” you spoke of with just reading and math, but we’ll be taking lots of breaks for swim lessons, VBS, etc. We too have a baby coming in the fall, so I know we’ll be taking a nice break then. I just love the flexibility homeschooling provides!

  5. Yes, I totally agree with you! We too have been home schooling for 10 years now. We live in upstate NY where the winters are long and brutal. We long for the few short months of sunshine! I need to just be “mom” for the summer. We look forward to hikes, church camps and our local Six Flags where we have season passes.

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