Julie in MN starts her new MFW curriculum in January and follows her local school calendar with a break in the summer - so it can definitely be done successfully. It helped me to know how she ran her school year when I got hit with scheduling problems.gratitude wrote:Since we didn't find MFW until this past March, if we continue as is, our new cycles / programs will start mid-year and break up the flow of the material in the middle of each program if we take a summer break each year, which I am wanting to do. Since we live in the Pacific NW I like the idea of being on a more traditional school schedule so we can take advantage of our few months without rain.
Is anyone else having their programs take a break in the middle and finding it to work out? I am concerned that it might interrupt the flow each year. Does it? Would it be better to try and stretch our current program out through next school year? Or would it be better to try and do more this summer and finish a second program by next June? (The second idea sounds like a lot right now)
This is actually our first 'school year' using curriculums so we are coming up on our first summer break. So all of this is very new to us. Additional questions would be: Do you find summer breaks helpful? Do they lose too much? Am I over thinking this?
I ended up doing something similar one year. Life goes on. We evened out after that.
Having grown up in the Pacific NW, I say Take The Summer Off! Field trips count as summer school, after all.