This has been the question du jour recently. I know everyone means do we stop doing "school", but each time I am sorely tempted to ask, "Stop doing what? Living?' At the root of these two questions lies the fundamental difference between those of us who teach our children at home and traditional schooling. At this point in our homeschooling journey, I find it nearly impossible to separate what is just "life" and what is "school"; there is very little difference between the two.
We may take a break from doing intense grammar lessons in the summer (sentence diagramming and stuff), but we certainly do not take a break from reading, or discussing what we've read, or talking about how words work, or writing stories, or... It's just a part of how we live. We do not take a break from working on math books, because to do so causes such distress (on the part of both parent and child) when it comes time to resume that it isn't worth it. Plus, waking up and doing math is such an ingrained part of everyone's day, that really, no one thinks twice about it. It's just what we do. We don't take math books on vacation, but we don't ignore math either. Using numbers and math occurs somewhat naturally throughout the day. For instance, when we were driving around Iowa a couple of weeks ago, B. and A. got it in their heads that they really needed to know how many feet were in an acre. J. knew the conversion for feet to miles and my father knew the conversions between miles and sections and between sections and acres. With that information, B. and A. spent the car ride hovering over a piece of scratch paper figuring out the answer. Math happens.
My children are constantly learning new things; often things they discover for themselves. Since the traditional purpose of school is to learn things, then perhaps we are in school all of our waking hours. How do you stop that? And would you want to?