If your people came from "the other side of the pond" they went to school year-round. No summertime off as this country still does.
Back when crops needed farming family kids to help harvest crops, it was a logical maneuver. Consider what other countries do nowadays to turn out whizzes and wizards.
Finland's school children are among the world's highest achievers, despite starting academics at age 7, having shorter school days, less homework and more recess than U.S. kids.
In Sweden it is written: "Don't control your kids; teach them to control themselves." Parents believe in gentle guidance and lots of freedom to make responsible choices. Swedish children are among
the top on measures of well-being and happiness.
Germany's credo: "Make sure children play." Kindergartens (for kids 3-6) are nearly all free-play based.
France: Parents raise children to enjoy the benefits of good food and cultivate patience. They believe it's their duty to teach children how to eat, as important, as important as teaching children to read.
Japan: Parents teach children to always consider others from the time they're babies -- they cultivate this social awareness the way parents elsewhere might cultivate a child's cognitive skills.
China: Chinese parents don't think a dose of family obligation will stifle a child. They think it will help inspire him to do well and stay on a straight path.