When does a homeschool year begin and end? Most of the time, the choice is entirely yours.
Unless your state dictates the number of school days (a few do) or your children are enrolled in a type of program (virtual, private, or other) that has a specific begin/end date, families have much flexibility when scheduling a homeschooling year.
Did you know that some homeschoolers go from January until December?
Did you know that some homeschooling families school all year round?
Did you know that many homeschoolers do not follow a typical academic (September thru June) calendar?
In fact, you can school any day you like (yes, including weekends!) and take any holidays or vacation days off that you need.
Here is a list of just a few of the different ways that homeschoolers schedule the school year. See if any of these ideas can work for you:
- Follow the school calendar of your City or County
- Begin in September approximately after Labor Day and continue through May or June
- School all year round
- School for three weeks each month, taking the fourth week off
- School Monday through Thursday, taking Fridays off for outside activities, like classes and field trips
- School according to mom’s or dad’s work schedule, taking days off when the family is all together at home
- Take the entire month of December off to enjoy and prepare for the holidays, or take an entire month off any time you need it (new baby, traveling, out-of-town guests)
- School for three months, taking the next month off
- School during the winter months, taking summers off to enjoy the weather
- School during the summer heat, taking winters off to enjoy the weather
- School around sports season or around the travel schedule of a member of the family
- School on weekends, taking two week days off instead
- Any combination of the above, or any other configuration you can think of