Homeschool Sabbatical

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Homeschool Sabbatical…Have you ever taken one?

I think my brain is need of a leave of absence from the homeschooling life. Not that I am looking to walk away completely from homeschooling…but 15 years of lesson planning, training children and serving my family can leave a mom looking for some renewal.

Mainly I want to recharge so I can finish this race with my youngest kids as strong as I started it with my older kids. I have 7 more years of homeschooling to go!

But what would a homeschool sabbatical look like?
I sat down with paper and pencil and brainstormed some general ideas.

Homeschool Sabbatical

Homeschool Sabbatical: Brainstorming Ideas

  • Time
    • Weekend, Week, Month or Year
  • Where
    • Hotel, Vacation place, Home
  • Who
    • With my husband, With friends, With family, Alone
  • Structure
    • Pray time, Evaluating, Planning
  • No Structure
    • Be still, Discover other interests, No schedule
  • Students
    • Give them time off, Plan field trips, Give them an independent project

After all that thinking I realized I need a mixture of the above ideas for my homeschool sabbatical. First I need a week off from all things homeschooling. I opened up my calendar and blocked out a whole week in July.

The hard part will be sticking to my week off and not allowing guilt or good ideas to ooze into the calendar. Who wants to hold my hand?

Second I do need a weekend away of structured time to reflect and reconnect. Not sure how that will look but I am going to block a weekend off my calendar too.

I even dreamed of taking a whole month off from formal homeschooling. Thought I would give my students a huge project to work on for two to three weeks that didn’t require lesson planning or grading papers. Then give them a week off for their hard work.

I know I could never swing a year without drastic changes to our homeschooling journey. I know my budget does not cover an exotic island covered with palm trees.

But I need to remember who I am in Christ, because out of that I can serve my family with my best.

Then in 7 years I will follow the advice of my friend Suzanne and take a whole year homeschool sabbatical when my youngest graduates. 

I encourage you to embrace a homeschool sabbatical any way you can this year.

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