To Break or Not To Break

As a child, I couldn’t wait for breaks from school.  Those were the days before technology took over the world.  My brothers, sister, and I would spend our days playing outside during nice weather

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or playing board games when the weather turned ugly.

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Of course, my parents probably saw it differently. 🙂

In a virtual homeschool world there are scheduled breaks, as with any public school.  The kiddos do not have any lessons scheduled and the teachers are not available.  The difference lies in the fact that we are free to continue with our lessons, if we choose to do so.

As a parent, I have mixed feelings about school breaks.

In a traditional school setting, it is important to give students a break from the drudgery of the classroom.  The monotony of awakening at the same time every day, eating breakfast, and going to school can be draining for a child.  Children need to rejuvenate as do teachers.

In a virtual school setting, I feel that extended breaks (more than a couple of days) are more detrimental than helpful.  Spring break around here does not mean taking a break from the school setting (or the learning coach!).  During the past three years I have found that the best plan for us is to continue working on lessons during school breaks.

We might slow down a bit.  We might even skip a day here and there, but taking an extended break does not work well for our family.

What works for us may not necessarily work for some one else.  That is the beauty of our learning adventure.  We are given a break if we choose to take it, but we have the freedom to adjust the lessons to fit our families learning style.

What works best for your family?

God Bless 🙂

Christy

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I am a Christian, Virtual/Homeschooling mom of 3 who loves helping my children realize those AWESOME "lightbulb" moments!

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