Congratulations, you have made the brave decision to take your child out of school and embark on homeschooling. It is exciting but it may also feel overwhelming. You may have made this decision because school was not the right fit and the last thing you want to do is recreate the school environment at home.
The process of making transition from school to homeschool a time to decompress is called deschooling. Let’s discuss ways to help this process go smoothly so both you and your child can face homeschooling with hope and new attitude.
Tips for Deschooling your Child
Set Aside Formal Academics for a Time
Your child needs a break from learning in the traditional sense. He needs to find that curiosity that sparks an interest and love of learning. Spend time determining his learning style and talking about what homeschooling can look like for your family. Your child is not used to you being the teacher so allow for some adjustment while being firm on what your new position will mean.
Let your child know that you are his biggest advocate in education and you may seem harsh at times or put new demands on him but it is out of love for him and his academic success.
Plan Field Trips
While you are setting aside curriculum, you are not setting aside learning. Allow your child a chance to experience education by planning field trips. Explore your city and nearby cities together by visiting historic sites or museums. If you can, plan a few nights away for an extended field trip or plan to see a play or musical. Let learning come alive by real life experiences.
Start with Unit Studies of Independent Projects Based on Interest
When it is time to begin formal academics, ease into it by using your child’s interest as a guide. Begin with unit studies or assign a project your child can immerse himself in. Children are naturally curious therefore they are natural learners. Unit studies allow a child to explore areas of interest and help the deschooling process since learning will become enjoyable for, perhaps, the first time.
Deschooling Brain Dump Printable
Use this free printable when deschooling your child. Ask your child the different questions and record his answers. If your child is old enough, he can write down the answers himself. Click the image below to open the PDF to download!