We’ve always run a year-round schedule and said we’d take breaks when needed.
We start our Academic Year in January, sometime after N-boy’s birthday. We end the Friday before Thanksgiving Week.
In 2015 we’re going to adopt the idea I first read about in Angelina Stafford’s article, “And on the Seventh Day God Rested: Using the Principle of the Sabbath to Organize Your School Year.”
We need some breaks built in so we can reset things like a clean house, laundry, brains, etc. We need to see a stopping point and a starting point.
Mystie is great at pushing people to plan and look forward to big events in the year with interval planning and because of her I have already looked to 2015 and started to block off those intervals for schooling *and* the off weeks. I hope that having those times set in stone will help us with habit formation and general sanity keeping.
Here are some other resources I’m learning from:
Simply Convivial: A Year-Round Homeschool Schedule
Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace (particularly Brandy’s interview)
CiRCE: Teaching From a State of Rest
Classical Christian Homeschooling: Beating Homeschool Burnout
Do you have any links or resources for a six week on, one week off schedule?