There is no right or wrong way to homeschool. Some families homeschool year round, taking shorter breaks all year round while others plan on a long summer break. Both approaches have their advantages. On today’s post, I am going to give you my top 3 reasons to homeschool in summer.  

1. It’s Hot in the Summer

The first reason to homeschool in summer is because of the heat. Not everyone lives near cool ocean breezes. For those of you who live in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and other areas where the summers are long and hot, being indoors with air conditioning is essential. Using the hottest times of the day are perfect for some summer learning. Spending a few hours a day indoors and learning is a great opportunity to save the kids from extreme boredom. Using the hot summer months for homeschooling also frees you up for more family vacations, field trips and outdoor fun when the weather is cooler. Think of all those beautiful spring days when all that your kids wanted to do was be outside.  

2. Kids Need Structure and Routine

The second reason to homeschool in summer is because kids thrive with routine. If kids take too long of a break and are out of their routines, it is sometimes a bit difficult to get them back on board without some major meltdowns and behavior problems. If kids have nothing to do for a few weeks that is fine. Boredom doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But… when that boredom gets too long then the outcome isn’t always great. Lots of bickering, whining and fighting tends to kick in after a period of long boredom. Homeschooling a few hours a day still allows the kids to stick with their routine but spend the afternoons playing with neighborhood friends. You can make a schedule that works for you. It doesn’t need to be overly strict or rigid, it just needs to work for your family. It also doesn’t need to be everyday! Just enough to keep the learning going.

3. Keep Progressing Instead of Regressing

The third and final reason to homeschool in summer is to avoid the summer slide. Children that take the long summer months off will need to relearn and review skills in the fall. If your children keep reading and learning over the summer, there won’t be a chance to lose valuable learned skills. Fall will be a time to dive into brand new material without any necessary time spent on reviewing. Do you homeschool during the summer months?  Give me your tricks and tips in the comments section.  

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Thank you so much for reading my post today!

Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at or visit the website at

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