Reasons why we love year-round homeschooling
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2. Routine is key
I count my lucky stars that we don’t have to stick to an exact schedule day for day each week, but we do need a generally consistent routine. If my ASDer has more than 7-10 days off, not only does he tend to get restless, but he rages when it’s time to begin school again. Working throughout the summer keeps us “in the groove” so to speak.
3. Appointments, sick days, and therapy galore?
4. Disneyland off-season
We actually have yet to do Disneyland since becoming homeschoolers, but you had better believe we are going to enjoy the park during some seasonal down-time! The same goes for any other attraction or event your family may have in mind. Being able to travel, and not worry about schoolwork while everyone else is working away is probably my favorite perk. Granted, it can be hard during the summer to watch other kids running around on a school day, but then again, the lines for everything are long on a traditional summer break.
5. Real life doesn’t give you summers off
Depending on your child’s specific disability, they may not need to have this made clear to them. Maybe they can just understand and accept that they will likely work (assuming ability) over the summer as adults. My son will be working one day. The reality that work will most likely be an on-going, every week, thing, that will need to be learned through experience. He will need that built into the routine of what is simply daily life.
I am doing my best to prepare my son for “real life” as a high functioning Autistic man. He will need to work, to be responsible, to cook and clean – you get it… We try to keep from framing learning as “work”, but we point out that we have things to do daily to better ourselves and care for others, we don’t just take 3 months off of our routines and responsibilities. So far it has served us well!
Keep your eyes peeled for how we schedule our year, coming soon.
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