In homeschooling, learning never has to stop. For example, every year we take a formal schooling break from Thanksgiving to New Years. Many people are flabbergasted at how long this break seems. But after years of experience, I know myself and my kids better. They do not focus well during the holiday season on their schoolbooks. After a Fall semester that begins in August we are READY for something different. Instead of fighting the holiday spirit, we embrace it.