Change is in the air! And for us, that means changing up our homeschool calendar yet again.
If you're a regular reader, you know we've tried several different ways of organizing our homeschool year. We've done almost-year-round schedules (12-week terms with one week off in between and 6-week terms with two weeks off in between).
But our favorite school year schedule up to this point has been 6-week terms with one week off in between.
But now it's time for a change again.
My children have been taking online classes with The Potter's School for the last two years, and our 6-week/1-week schedule worked very well with the school's schedule. But next year they won't be taking any online classes, which means we can be much more flexible with our school calendar.
The Plan for Our New Homeschool Calendar
So the plan for now is that we'll be doing 4 full days of school each week (Monday through Thursday), and then Friday will be a more abbreviated day, probably with just Spanish tutoring or music lessons. The kids can also use Fridays to finish up any work from earlier in the week.
We won't be taking the week-long breaks every six weeks like we have been doing for the last couple years (and in case you're wondering, yes, the kids are all fine with this change since they'll have long weekends every single week).
We're hoping this new schedule will allow us to be more flexible, give us more time for family activities, and make balancing design work and homeschooling a little easier.
If you're curious, here's what our homeschool calendar looks like for this upcoming school year (you can click the image to enlarge).
Download a Free Printable 2013-2014 School Calendar
If you'd like to print out a 2013-2014 school calendar to use for your own homeschool planning, you can download the printable calendar here.
You might notice I've tweaked it a bit from previous years to hopefully make it more useful to my readers. Instead of just one calendar, I've included three versions of the the 14-month calendar so you can choose one that starts either in June, July, or August. That way if your school year starts at a different time than ours does, you'll be able to use whichever calendar suits you best.
Using the calendar is quite simple. You can fill in the key at the bottom to indicate different types of days such as field trips, holidays, full days, half days, or whatever you want.
To mark the days themselves, a couple of years ago a reader suggested using highlighters (which I think is a brilliant idea!). Here's an example of using a highlighter on the calendar.
I'm curious to hear how all of you schedule your school year. Please share in the comments!