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Starting to homeschool children after they attend the public school is much harder rather than when children never attend the public school. The hardest part is the transition from public school to homeschool. We have been in that stage and today I would like to share some tips for the transition period. First of all, parents might have been used to be parents of public school students. With any reasons to pull off children from the public school, to start a homeschool will give a feeling of being excited, nervous, and anxious at the first time.
Before I start with the points, let me share some books about homeschool that parents should read to motivate and to give more information about homeschool:
Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High SchoolHomeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started.102 Top Picks for Homeschool CurriculumYes, You Can Homeschool!: The Terrified Parent’s Companion To Homeschool SuccessThe Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500 Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library)The Successful Homeschool Family HandbookThe Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 TopicsBetter Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most
10 Tips about Transition From Public School to Homeschool
Whatever reasons you have to pull children off from the public school, you need to do deschooling. It is a certain period when you can “clean up” the stress, problems, and exhausting matters that the public school leave in children’s mind. Leaving the public school is not only caused by negative matters. However, cleaning up is important to prepare their mind to be more motivated in the independent learning system, which contradicts the formal school routine.
Basically, deschooling is to let children do whatever they want until they are self-motivated to learn. Many homeschool families use deschooling to start, but I didn’t do that too long. I did some limitation so that they didn’t use electronic games and didn’t spend too much time with the television. With the limitation, it will make deschooling shorter and more effective, in my case.
Take things slowly
I remember that to start this new kind of schooling is very nervous, exciting, worrying, and anxious at the same time. Before I decided to homeschool children, I did a lot of preparation that I really wanted to realize as soon as possible. However, it didn’t happen. I had a hard time to get children follow the plan. Well, in other words, children’s speed is not always the same as parents’speed. That is the first reason. I also got very tired and frustrated because I had too much expectation. Therefore, take everything slowly.
Manage your time well
To start homeschool, parents and children need to do a lot of adaptation. I was too worried about children progress in academic so that I dedicated a lot of time for them. I forgot myself and even, I gave too little attention to my husband and home. It caused me more frustrated because everything that I used to take care (including myself) became very chaos and it was harder to fix, especially if it is related to the health. Therefore, please don’t forget to manage your time well. Your life is not only about education. Your health is also very important.
Write your steps
The transition from public school to homeschool is very overwhelming as well. It will take your time more than usual. At the same time, you still have to take care of other things, your family, your home, your work, etc. It is suggested that you write things you need to do step by step so you will be more directed and things will run more simply.
If you are not an organized mom like me, it is the time for you to start. It doesn’t have to be that expensive to be organized. Don’t invest too much to start. Just pen and paper to put a to-do list. When you have been more serious, you can start with a lesson planning
Focus on your family
Your children will really need your attention during the Transition From Public School to Homeschool. Therefore, don’t be too busy with preparation. Homeschool is a natural learning process. it will just happen naturally. Your children are more important above everything. Use your time to prepare them to start properly.
You might also hear so many negative opinions about homeschool from people around you. Just focus on your children and family. Think more about your vision and mission of homeschooling your children. Don’t compare your children to the schooling children or another homeschool family.
Keep up with the confidence
There are many times that you need to build both external and internal self-confidence to homeschool. Internal self-confidence is about how you feel comfortable to be a homeschool family. On the other hand, you need to be confident in front of other people as well.
Since most people around the world have negative opinions toward homeschool, you need to keep your children and yourself confident. Well, for this 7 years of homeschooling our children, we still have a lot of questions asking why we homeschool children, and so do our children. I know people ask and test our children whenever we are not with them. They will often see other school children wearing uniforms and hanging out with other school children. You don’t need to explain too much to children, but they will know by themselves the reasons to homeschool sooner or later. Don’t think about being burnt out too soon. However, when children want to return to the public school, you need to talk together and respect them. You don’t need to be angry or stressful.
Involve children in setting up your learning space and planning your lessons if it is possible. You can work together on the chores. You will need extra time to do works when you homeschool; your marriage, family, homeschool, housekeeping, business, and your own reward time. How can you do everything by yourself without delegation?
You can also involve children in discussions about your homeschool, their future, and anything so you can be close with them. Well, it is a very important point even if you are not homeschool family and it will be great to make such activity as a routine
Don’t force yourself to socialization
I don’t know your reasons to homeschool, but there are some occasions that you might feel isolated as a homeschool family. Don’t feel inferior. Instead, you need to be proud of being a homeschool family. Of course, you have to keep your commitment so you can be proud out of it. On the other hand, you don’t need to fight with others to promote your homeschool.
Another experience is about over socialization. You might feel worried about socialization so you get your children doing so many things to get socialized.
Don’t hate the public schools
It often happens that you show too much hate to the public school due to the trauma children get from the school. It is better to have positive thinking. Both public school and homeschool are education systems which have unique features. They are options and people can choose based on the condition and preference. Therefore, how traumatic you have been, please don’t curse the public school. That will sound wiser.
Change your school mindset
Homeschool doesn’t mean school at home. You don’t move the school to your house. You have the freedom to arrange the learning methods. Learning at home is in the context of more real life. We wear uniforms and shoes, but we still have the flexibility of homeschool. Our skill education takes more time than the normal school. Although we use the textbooks in homeschool, we have a morning time rituals which is really different from the school. We have a classroom, but our learning time and place is more flexible.
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