Students and educators alike look forward to that magical day in June where the books close, reports are issued and the school doors close for 3 months of holiday bliss. The summer holiday was created at a time when the USA was largely an agrarian society and schools were closed to fit in with the harvest. Today things have changed but the sacred summer holiday has held on as an essential part of the education culture. Parents that home school their children are faced with a choice on what to do with this time. Do they abandon the books as the public and private schools have done or soldier on with learning. Parents that continue their child’s education through the summer holidays often find several advantages.
I remember my school days and the start of the New Year meant nearly a month of review. Myself and my classmates and forgotten nearly everything from the previous years and chances were next to none that any of us bothered to open a book during our 3 month summer holiday. According to School Family Education, homeschooled children who continue their studies through the summer months retain what they learn. Even parents that slow the learning down during these months find their children still retain knowledge better.
As a teacher I can speak for the rigidity of the school year and how it dictates when one can take holidays. Giving up some of the summer months means greater flexibility during the school year. Parents can take their children on longer holidays during the fall, winter and spring. The burnout rate is also far lower as students can have far more rest periods during the academic year.
Summer holidays for me were very mild and pleasant. However my cousins who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona had quite a different experience. Children tend to play outside a lot less in the summer in the hot weather states. Home schooling during these months offers the parents and children something to do in an air-conditioned environment while temperatures rise.
Teaching through the summer doesn’t mean completely abandoning the concept of a summer holiday. Parents can slow the pace down . However, continuing the learning process over these months provides many advantages and saves lots of time, hassle and stress for the upcoming academic year.