Since my friend Ann asked... yes, we mostly go along with the public school schedule.
If we didn't live in the middle of a neighborhood full or Really Nice Kids we like to play with - who go to public school - for sure we'd do things differently. And to some extent we do anyway (!) but such is life. Around here (maybe nationwide?) public schools are mandated to have 180 instructional days, so the school year runs from a day or two after Labor Day into mid-June. The finish date tends to be a moving target if we get a lot of snow and they have days they have to make up, something we homeschoolers don't have to worry about :D
I had no idea until recently that schools in the south seem to start so early by our standards. Seems like it would be so hot in August, who could think straight? But maybe it's just too hot to be outside, so you might as well be schooling. Do you all get out earlier - like May? Schools in farming areas (up here) sometimes run on a schedule more like that - or at least they did in the past.
See, I want to be out of school for the best part of the year, weather-wise, and that's not a big window. We get a lot of rain and wet, and that's when you might as well be schooling. If I had my way, we'd school October through the end of June (usually rainy) and we'd take off from July through September, because it's usually dry.
But the boys? Well now, if we didn't start until October (and public school started in September), sure my boys would be thrilled. But if everyone else finished in June and we were still schooling? Even if it's rainy and blah the boys would hate schooling when the other kids are out. Which is crazy... but I understand it. *sigh*
Do you guys face this?
Do your kids care what the public school kids do?
Or are all your friends homeschoolers?
Or maybe you don't have neighbor kids?
Of course, it doesn't really register with the boys that we usually only school four days a week, (although that's changing for Wyatt). And we take a lot more vacation days than public schools. We often go camping for a week in September after kids go back to school, and we'll usually take a whole week off at Thanksgiving. And we'll still finish a week or two ahead of public school. But somehow that doesn't count. If the public schools have an Early Release day, or a teacher workday, my boys think they're entitled to a day off too.
There are times I think it would be a lot simpler to be somewhere more isolated!
So there. That's my completely mundane thought for the day.