Transition Time From Public To Home School
Alrighty, Mama! You’ve done it. You’ve finally made the decision to “bite the bullet” and home school your kiddos! Now what? You are probably a tad bit nervous now. You’re not sure what to expect or what to do. I’m guessing you’re likely wondering why in the world you even made this decision. After all, you do not want to spend 8 hours each day sitting at a teacher desk educating your children. If you did, you would have gone to school to become a teacher! Am I right? There is definitely a transition time from public to home school.
First thing to understand is that you will have a transition time as well as the kids.
Once the children begin their educational life outside of the public school arena, there will be a transition time for them; perfectly normal to have fears and doubts during this time. There will also be a transition time for you too! In fact, the transition may even be a little more difficult for you than the kiddos!
Begin preparing yourself and your children for the new school year.
If you happen to have time in between (most of us don’t!) public school and home school, it would be a great opportunity to begin preparing yourself and your children for the new school year. It’s not an easy thing to learn to distinguish between family life and education life when you’re not used to it. Now, if you have been homeschooling your babies from day one and never planned to send them to school, that’s a much easier thing!
For many this is an extremely foreign concept. I was raised going to public school and, therefore, thought that educating my children at home meant that I had to recreate the school day at home. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually, educating at home can be quite different. It can be anything you want it to be. That’s the main joy of it! Of course, you will need to research your state laws for homeschooling and adhere to them, but let’s not make it so complicated!
Early on, let your child dip their toe into the water of homeschooling.
Even after your homeschooling year begins it’s important to understand that your child will probably still need some time to adjust to the new routine and the new freedoms of education at home. Early on, let your child dip their toe into the water of homeschooling before jumping in. Remember, aside from the teachings, the lessons, and the learning, this will indeed be quite a different environment for your child as opposed the the bells, the crowded halls, and all the noise and distractions they have become accustom to in their previous learning environment. So, some decompression time may well be in order for them.
During this time, don’t worry about setting expectations too high, or feel as though if you don’t get started ‘doing’ something you will soon fall behind schedule. Remember, flexibility and scheduling is one of the great benefits to homeschooling. Relax. Besides, I truly believe you’ll soon find that once you do get into the rhythm of your schedule, you’ll find that with the individual attention that your child receives with each subject, they’ll soon not only make up for any early lost time, but they’ll probably surpass what you even had scheduled initially!
Get their mind jump started.
Use the transition or decompression time to talk with your child about what it is that they are really interested in and what they like to learn about and dream about. Talk to them about setting short and longer term goals and how by reaching each little goal one at a time they are on their way to realizing their dream. Let them know that they will be able to learn and study subject matter that they are interested in much greater detail than they have ever been able to before. Get their mind jump started on all the great projects and subjects that you will cover with them in your new homeschooling environment.
If you do this, you’ll find that your kids will make it through the transition from traditional education to homeschool education excited and energized about these wonderful possibilities to learning.
I am always happy to talk to you about home education at any time! I’ve been homeschooling my children for about 15 years now and I do not regret our decision to do it at all. Feel free to contact me via email or Facebook. Also, be sure to subscribe to my email list below! XOXO, Melanie