Deschooling: Some Things You Can Do With Your Child During This Process

You’ve decided to take the plunge and homeschool your child. You’ve read about something called deschooling, but now you’re panicked

What do I actually do during this time?

Surely, doing nothing isn’t what they mean by deschooling??

Deschooling is a time for decompressing and transitioning from the rigid structure of traditional school to the more flexible routine of homeschooling, but the thought of your child sitting on the couch as you watch the school bus pull out of the neighborhood without them honestly freaks you out a little.

Fear not! Here are some activities you can incorporate during the deschooling process:

  1. Explore Nature: Take regular walks, visit parks, or have picnics. This encourages observational skills and an appreciation for the natural world.

  2. Read for Pleasure: Visit the library and let your children choose books that pique their interest. Reading for fun fosters a love for literature and learning.

  3. Encourage Free Play: Allow ample time for unstructured play, which can enhance creativity, social skills, and problem-solving abilities.

  4. Visit Museums and Zoos: These are wonderful resources for learning about art, history, science, and animals in an interactive and enjoyable way.

  5. Travel Locally: Explore your local area or state. Visit historical sites, attend cultural events, or just enjoy different environments.

  6. Learn a New Skill: Encourage your child to pursue a hobby or skill they’ve been interested in, like painting, coding, playing an instrument, or cooking.

  7. Family Discussions: Have open conversations about interests, goals, fears, and expectations regarding homeschooling. Listen to your child’s input and make them part of the planning process.

  8. Watch Documentaries or Educational Programs: There’s a wealth of educational content available that can make learning enjoyable and engaging.

  9. Practice Real-Life Skills: Include your child in activities like cooking, shopping, budgeting, gardening, and basic home repairs. These are valuable life skills that often get overlooked in traditional education.

  10. Journaling: Encourage your child to keep a journal. It’s a great way to express thoughts, ideas, and feelings, and it can be a useful tool for reflecting on the deschooling process.

  11. Volunteer: Consider doing some community service or volunteer work together. It can be a rewarding way to learn about empathy, community, and social issues.

Remember, the goal of deschooling is not to accomplish specific educational objectives but to shift the mindset from a structured school framework to the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling.

It’s a time for exploration, adjustment, and rediscovering the joy of learning.

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