Doing year-round homeschool has its advantages. The most important of which is that the kids don’t forget what they’ve learned the past year during the three months of summer brain drain. When the weather is either too hot or too cold, we work inside getting the schoolwork done and when the weather is nice during the spring and fall, we do more outside adventures like taking hikes, enjoying nature days, and exploring down by the creek. This also allows us to skip to the busy parks and play areas during the summer that are overrun by public school kids and take advantage of the quieter months when they’re back in school.
Somewhere in the flow of year-round learning, I’ve found that it helps to take a break and mark the end of one school year before starting the next. Whether or not you use grade levels in homeschool is a personal decision, but for us I’ve found that it’s a great way to mark a new year of growing older and learning. Even if one is reading on a fourth grade reading level, doing second grade spelling, and third grade math, it still means a lot to them to “Level Up!”.
Grades don’t mean a lot in the younger years of homeschooling, unless you’re enrolled in an enrichment program or following a curriculum that specifies a grade level and even then there’s not much cause to it.
But by marking the next level they can see the progress that they’ve made over the past year and how far they have come. It makes them feel older and excited that they have risen to the next level of learning. (Having a grade level does come in handy when people ask them what grade they’re in too!)
The kids of This Homeschool Life:
Level Up! First Grade
Level Up! Third Grade
Do you give your kids grade levels in your homeschool?