Tuesday, March 22, 2011
School Planning - When
This time of year is planning time for me!! One of the first things to decide when you are planning is when to do school. Homeschooling allows great flexibility in scheduling. You can follow the traditional school schedule, school year round, or do anything in between. In our state, you must school for 180 days, but you can schedule them whenever you want!
We (O.K. ... I ... my kids would prefer to spend their days in frivolous pursuits year round) like to start in July and finish up at the end of May. This year I am scheduling 5-6 weeks on and one week off. I will spend the week off planning the upcoming weeks, cleaning the house well, and doing once a month (or six weeks, LOL) cooking. I'm hoping this will allow me to keep the house running well.
Once I have a general idea of when I want to do school, I go into ical and start scheduling the weeks on and the weeks off. Each week we are in school, I just number the week on Sunday. The weeks we are off are left blank. This year we are starting school July 18th. We have 5 scheduled weeks off and 2 weeks at Christmas. We will finish off the last week in May. That gives us 7 weeks of Summer break.
If something comes up during the year, we can move our weeks off around. It's totally flexible. Hopefully, though, we'll be able to stick to the schedule! I've planned each of the older kids' birthdays during a week off, so they'll be able to celebrate with the day off.
How do you plan when you're school year will be? Or do you just fly by the seat of your pants? Do you follow the traditional school schedule? School year round?