Each summer Faithful Scholars answers questions as to which/whether days can count toward school– CC practicum/camp, music camp, mechanics camp, car trips, vacations based around historical stops, etc. YES!!! You can, and should, count them. Value and give credit to all learning achieved toward the goal of raising lifelong learners. To learn and have it discounted due to being officially on break is silly. One more beauty of homeschool!
At preset we have a reading contest going on. Toss in some math, look at the science gleaned through explore and discover, and have a discussion on current events at dinner. Viola! School without the typical pressure of school. That being said, my children are older so while we count these days, we always go over our 180 in order to accomplish/complete all of the traditional knowledge that we wish to ingest during the year. When they were younger we simply and joyfully counted the days and focused on 3.5 day weeks of school and lots of adventure, friend, service time.
Our best days are spent learning as we play and playing as we learn. It gets to the point of thinking that we ought not count them because no blood, sweat, or tears were shed much less paper trail created. For children under the age of 7, learning IS play. When your sweet little one wants more school work it is because it is fun to ‘play school’. Obviously it makes mama super happy, it is time together, and every child wants more of that sorta game. My children used to play being a student while doing their schoolwork, being siblings, cleaning their rooms….. Huh???!! It is all a fun and games in their incredibly alive imaginations as long as we cultivate those precious ethereal ‘lands’ to remain intact.
The younger your child is, the easier it feels to count days. Face it, everything experienced, discovered, practiced, and explored is learning. Add in some formal math and daily reading and you are golden. Math and reading comprehension are the pillars to all learning. If your child can do these subjects well, they can self-teach all other subjects.
To feel comfy in counting your summer-learning, renew your association membership as soon as your year ends. Perhaps you don’t feel that you are doing enough to count every day, but certainly some come along that make you think, “THIS is certainly school-worthy.” Trust your instinct. You are equipped with a brain to reason and a spirit of honor.
Middle and high school grades become a bit more formal with longer days as you present more complex concepts and spend the time digging, practicing, mastering. However, those days of “THIS is certainly school-worthy.” still come about— and you can trust yourself!
Homeschooling parents are some of the most honest and honorable people that I have ever come across. We would rather err on the side of fault than take something that we did not fully earn, deserve, or understand. Continue to reason. Continue to honor. Continue to trust.