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Spring Break for Homeschoolers

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As a homeschooling parent, you likely already know how wonderful it is to choose when and if your kids take a break. Just starting on a new unit? Push break back a few days. Desperately need a day off? No reason not to take one (as long as you keep track of the hours that you’re supposed to be putting in, anyway). It’s your schedule, your way.

On the other hand, you also likely already know that your children will revolt if they aren’t permitted normal breaks along with their public-schooled friends. The best time to do this will depend on your child. Do they have friends who are taking their break that they’d like to be able to spend time with? The normal break for your area is probably your best bet. All of their friends are homeschooled, too? You might be able to choose it on your own a little.

Some of your spring break choices will depend on what you want to do with your break, too. Do you intend to visit the zoo, the aquarium, the park, museums? You might want to consider scheduling your break for a time when others aren’t off, since those locations will be busier during spring break week. On the other hand, if you’re just going to be hanging out around the house, or if you plan to take a vacation somewhere that doesn’t go by your local school schedule, you might prefer to select your time based on when your children most need the break.

Whatever you decide, remember that your kids are used to being at home all day, every day. Their toys, books, and movies are not quite as exciting as they would be for another child. While they need a day or two to just kick back, relax, and not have to do anything, they also need to be stimulated, or you’re looking at arguments, bickering, and grumpiness just waiting to happen. Keep them busy—but also give them unstructured time to just play. Get them outside. It’s been a long, hard winter—they need some sunshine almost as much as you do!

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