Some parents approach the homeschool year with a schedule. Others do it with a “go with the flow” attitude. If, like me, you plan a schedule for your entire school year, you probably take the holidays into account.
We homeschool almost year-round, beginning in September, and ending in July. I break the school year down into three separate terms of roughly fifteen weeks each, with a week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Yule break, and two weeks for Beltane break. We take the entire month of August off as a summer break. We celebrate the other Sabbats throughout the year without necessarily taking days off, and I incorporate Sabbat activities into our school week.
If we are lagging behind for some reason (more on that in a moment), I may use our holiday breaks for catching up, though I try not to allow this for more than a few days of the break. However, I try to handle make-up time during the schedule school year by doing a bit of work on a Saturday or Sunday, as I prefer to make the holiday breaks a festive time.