That's the beauty of homeschooling. We can do whatever works for the season we're in. I've schooled year round from the beginning and can't imagine doing it differently at this point.
* I like having a week or so off each month because it allows me to tackle big projects like cleaning closets, remodeling something, shoe shopping for 4 kids, dental/doctor/haircut appointments & the like without being an interruption to our regular school routine.
* I LOVE traveling when kids are in school. Smaller crowds are always good. I love not being beholden to a traditional calendar. Our family spent a month overseas on a mission trip once while regular school was in session.
* I like that we don't spend any time playing catch-up for things that may have been forgotten over a long break. Like math.
* We like the routine. Months off without a regular routine wouldn't work as well for us. We're very flexible, but like have routine to fall back into.
* We still have time off in summer. I plan for it. Usually, we have 1 week per month off, but sometimes those off days are rearranged in summer. This year dd11 did 2 weeks of camp and has participated in other activities that are about once per week. All of this is doable on a year round schedule.
The way I plan:
- start with a year on a page calendar that can be found online (Donna young's site or Five J's)
- mark off Jon-negotiable time off. I start with trips and vacations, then holidays. We take 3 weeks off at Christmas, at least 2 days for thanksgiving, etc
- I mark down any big field trips that will require a full day or more. This flexes throughout the year, but I start with what I know.
- next, I mark a start date and figure from that point.
We generally school 3-4 weeks on , 1 week off. That's how I plan. In reality, we may end up with 1/2 week off due to taking extra field trip days that were spontaneous or if there was illness. We also take 2-3 weeks off in fall and/or spring when it isn't so hot.
Do what works for you at this season and feel free to adapt as you move along.