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Should I Homeschool All Year Long?

Should you homeschool all year long?

Let’s see…do you home all year long? You do. You home all year long. There aren’t any breaks from being in your family, from raising your kids, from your marriage, etc. But maybe you don’t homeschool all year long. Well, you’re probably not thinking about school and education properly if you don’t realize it’s going to be a year-round system anyway—the question is the curriculum.

Historically, Americans take off periods of time in the summer, which began due to the agrarian nature of our society. People had to take off from school to go home and help the family farm. That in particular was one of the drivers behind summer breaks. Maybe there are a few other reasons, so that we could hire teachers at a cheaper rate and give them a break. I don’t know all the reasons, but I’m sure someone’s done their doctorate on it and we could all read it if we’d like to. But there’s not really a good reason, in my opinion, to keep you from homeschooling on an ongoing basis.

That doesn’t mean we can’t take breaks from schooling while, for instance, going on vacation. Our family would usually spend a couple of weeks vacationing at the beach. Yet, while at the beach, we would still have the kids do math every other day, and go through a few books to keep them fresh. Math especially is one of those subjects where it’s hugely important to stay active in learning and practicing. With math, if you don’t use it—you lose it. In public schools, when students go back to school in the fall they have to study last year’s lessons for the first fourth or third of the year just to catch themselves up on what they forgot over the summer. I don’t think that’s a good strategy.

Instead, I think it’s important to simply school year-round. You can certainly take breaks, like for Christmas, or maybe some of your kids go off to summer camp, etc. But your overall orientation should be toward educating your children in an ongoing fashion. You want to help them grow in their ability to read, think, communicate, and solve problems. Developing those skills year-round is always a part of schooling, no matter what you’re doing. If you need to take an extended break, take an extended break, but do it consciously with an idea of “What exactly are we doing with this time?”

Childhood is not vacation. Childhood is preparation for adulthood. I believe you’ll find that if your mindset is, “Homeschool is ongoing. We home year-round, so we homeschool year-round,” your efforts in educating your children will be more effective and steady. It’ll really grow your kids at a much easier pace than trying to cram through schoolwork, then take a bunch of months off.

-Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand

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Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child

What about homeschooling special needs?

First, special needs can vary. Sometimes it’s physical issues. We have a son with cerebral palsy. Sometimes it’s an intellectual disability, and so that creates its other challenges. Often, it’s a matter of a particular challenge like dyslexia or dysgraphia that hinders learning. By and large homeschool is extremely well suited to working with special-needs kids. However, you need to develop a strategy that’s going to work well for you. So, in thinking that through, understand that if you have a special-needs child you’re trying to get ready to make it through late high school (or perhaps into college or something more advanced academically); you want to work with them in a steady, regular way. Consistent improvement is the standard (not a grade level necessarily). It may take a little longer by subject or challenge, but once they nail down the right habits with the essentials of math, reading, and writing, they’re going to do great. On the other hand, if your special-needs are honestly not going to be academic, maybe on the extreme they can’t be employed, your homeschooling should shift probably shift from academics to the more practical side.

What habits do you want to build into that unique individual to prepare them to be really as effective as they can be in life and enjoy it? These situations are all unique to the individual, so I would recommend getting with someone who knows what they’re doing, a professional of some type, and just work out a game plan with how you’re going to grow your special needs student. You’re going to be able to be involved in a very intimate way in helping that little girl that little boy get ready for life. Find what engages them and makes them feel safe, along with the skills to function OK with others is the basic priority. Homeschool is a great environment for this kind of training. Of course, you really want to avoid making everything in life revolve around a special-needs child, but that’s for another blog!

-Fred Ray Lybrand

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Independent Homeschool

College is not right for everyone, but it is for some. I know the current climate tempts us to fear the indoctrination of our kids with the growing avoidance of free speech. However, college or high school or work or play— all of these contexts are places we can learn to be winsome. We have five college grads who made it through and are impacting their worlds through good minds and hearts.The key is growing independent thinkers. Students who can teach themselves, who have learned how to learn, who are independent learners. Frankly, the homeschool environment is ideal for this approach (though any home can reinforce clear and independent thought).

I’ve been re-thinking our approach, and so we’ve changed to www.independenthomeschool.com

Here are the reasons why!Hope it helps,

Fred Ray LybrandIf you want to get started in learning more, begin with growing and independent writer by grabbing the Free Training:

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The Ultimate Skill for the Educated

There are many skills that are important for learning and becoming educated. Obviously there is communication, and of course, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (the Three R’s). One of all of these stands out as the most strategic or leveraged. Please don’t miss making this skill the first-and-last focus of all your homeschooling.

Fred Ray Lybrand

Why are You So Tired?

Besides a medical condition, there are two reasons people get tired. This is especially true for homeschool moms (and dads), given all they are trying to accomplish through the home.

Here are the two basic things that explain what’s up…and that can give us the insight we need to make a positive change.

Fred Ray Lybrand​​


Can You Teach Your Kids to Teach Themselves?

We’re convinced aim of education should be to help the student learn how to learn. How do you pull this off, especially in a homeschooling environment? How do you raise a self-taught student who can excel in college and life?

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​

Episode 101 – What is a Homeschooling Education Really About

There is a lot of misinformation about homeschooling. Some think it is about isolation and protection from the horrors of the world. Others think it is about character development more than academic preparation. Still others see it as a smart reaction to the failing school system. Our view was that it is the most efficient way for us to prepare our kids for life as self-teaching adults. There are 4 basic things that are essential to understand about a homeschool education; in fact, grasping these can change everything!

In this Episode You’ll Learn  the 4 Essentials:

1. The Homeschooling Mindset

2. Skills vs. Content

3. The Environment

4. Education as Freedom


1. Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

2. The Easy (Sure-Fire) Way to Become a Better Speller



Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Politics is unavoidable, but how do you help your student think about all the issues? Sure we can have them study, but we can also push so hard they push back. I suggest we overcome a ‘psychological dysfunction’ and learn to approach debates with some maturity and perspective. It doesn’t always lead to agreement, but I think it is the best path to long term health.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​


Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler



“How to Have a Happy Writer” Mini-Course?​

The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool



The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

Oh, maybe there are more, but honestly teenage rebellion comes down to a couple of simple motives. If you can understand the motivation for your child, then you can probably do a little something to fix it.

Fred Ray Lybrand​

The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

Show Notes:

The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever) ?

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