We need to talk about this because it’s important. Not only to your entire family’s mental health, but to your ultimate success as a homeschooler.
Deschooling allows everyone the time to decompress from all prior educational settings, gives parents a chance to watch and observe their children to discover who they are as learners, and allows children the chance for self discovery.
- You can’t deschool and still be expecting them to complete “at least some reading and some math every day”.
- You can’t deschool by pulling your kids from school and setting a new start date for homeschooling.
- You haven’t deschooled if your child finished the year at a traditional school last year, you guys took the summer off, and you jumped in full force after Labor Day.
Deschooling is the process which allows your mind to go from:
“I don’t want my child to be “behind” the standards arbitrarily set by the educational system that says they need to learn THIS thing by THIS age.”
“I now understand how my child learns best and am ready to meet them where they are and move forward at their pace to deliver the kind of education we’ve decided is best suited to them.”
NOTE: Deschooling doesn’t mean you have to become an unschooler.
- Have you deschooled?
- What have you learned about your children in the process?
- How have you applied that to your homeschooling journey?
- If you’ve been homeschooling for awhile now, when was the last time you stepped back to evaluate what is and isn’t working?