That said, I really, really think everyone should do "Sabbath Schooling." (I'm not sure who coined the term, so I don't know who to give credit to but I'm sure it's not a new concept. :) ) Sabbath Schooling is schooling for 6 weeks, then taking 1 week off. Let me tell you - I LOVE IT. Here's what I love about it:
1. I use the week off to do projects around the house. While in school, I look around at my
2. The school year is spread out over the calendar year. I don't like the idea of having such a long stretch of summer months off. I feel like kids lose some of the information they've learned and then the first part of the following year is spent playing catch-up. (This is all in theory, of course.)
3. School seems less daunting. It's not as hard to work up the energy to do 6 weeks of school as it is for 2 or 3 months without a break. For me and my daughter.
4. Having scheduled time off keeps me focused on the task at hand. I have a tendency to say, "Let's skip school today and go to the (park, friend's house, store, etc) instead, kids!" That is not a good thing. If I know I have a break coming, I'll wait. Of course, once in a while you just have to put the books away and go to the park, Sabbath Week or not! AmIright?
If you're curious, here's what our year looks like:
You can see that we still have two full months off during summer. This gives us time to catch up if we need to, because I don't have to tell you, life happens. This is how I scheduled this year's school year and so far we're on track.
I have the weeks numbered so I can line them up with our Ambleside Online weeks. It might not work in later years to print the week numbers out, but for this year it has worked fine.
How do you schedule your school year and what do you like about it? :)