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Our school year runs from the first of August to the end of July. My kids get a school “end date” in mid-May. If we have done school on every day I had planned, we should have completed our 180 days by that point. But illness and unplanned days off mean we may be a few days short. We still stop formal school on that date.
In mid-May my oldest stops doing math, history, grammar, Latin, Greek, and writing. He has usually finished most of those subjects well before we hit 180 days. My younger student gets to stop grammar, Latin, and handwriting. She continues to do math and reading two days a week all summer. Both kids, however, get to move up a “grade,” which is virtually meaningless within the context of our school work but is important to them.
What neither of them realizes is that they get as much “school-time” in the summer as they do the rest of the year. They both do musical theatre, art, and other camps. We do science experiments, art projects, read good literature, and go on field trips. I use all of these activities to make up for any sick days we may have had during the school year. By the end of July, we have our 180 days completed.
So, school never really ends; it just gets more relaxed.
We try to celebrate the end of the school year in some way in May. We may go to lunch somewhere special, go bowling, have a picnic in the park, or any other fun activity the kids request – one year it was snow cones.
I don’t think there can ever be an end to the school year when you homeschool. There is no real change. Your kids are still home with you all day every day and they still need things to do. I used to worry about ending our year, but the longer we homeschool, the less important that ending date seems to be. To me at least. My kids still want to know when school is over!
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Cheryl–Cheryl is a singing, dancing, baking, homeschooling mom of three. She has danced her whole life and taught ballet and theatre for most of her adult life. Her favorite pastime has always been cooking and baking, and as a Pampered Chef Independent Consultant she gets to share that love with others. Home educating her three children has been and continues to be one of her greatest learning experiences! It is an adventure she is ready to continue.