5 Reasons we chose year round homeschool for our ASD son.

Have you ever wondered if year round homeschool would work for you and your family? Let me share with you the reasons I think it works great for a special needs family!

Have you ever wondered if year round homeschool would work for you and your family? Let me share with you the reasons I think it works great for a special needs family!

Reasons why we love year-round  homeschooling

Don’t you just hate when you have a perfect homeschooling plan, and everything just goes off the rails for one reason or another?  Me too!  Year-round homeschooling has made a great thing even greater for us.  Sit back, savor your coffee or tea, and dream a bit with me about your own homeschool experience while I share with you what we love about year-round homeschooling.

1. Meltdowns

Theirs and mine… when my boys have just had it, when my heart feels like it’s going to explode, we have flexibility to take the day off.  There is no end-of-year dreading making up days.  No wondering when we will actually finish.  We simply swap our days off that week.  Typically Friday is our kick up our feet day, but if nuclear meltdown occurs on Wednesday,  that’s our new reset day for the week.

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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?

Ain’t no thang 😁…  When we still had a ton of appointments, trying to beat the clock with our school work before therapy made my head pound.  Having fewer school days per week is another sanity saver for the special needs mom.
Don’t forget the sick days!  We missed the flu last year (Praise God!), but it hit us hard the year before.  We all may wake up with fevers and chills, but no sweat 😉 because we will just shift to a few other days in the month, and never touch our weekend time.

4. Disneyland off-season

Seriously though.

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.

  -Jill

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Author: Jill C

I'm Christian homeschool, boy mom, special needs parent, and Air Force Veteran. My current mission is to empower parents whose desire is to homeschool their special needs children; squashing self-doubt!

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