When bringing a student home from public school to the home school environment it is a time of transition. They are accustomed to doing things in a classroom setting and learning in order to pass a test. Home Education does not function in this manner and as such can be a challenge and or a frustration for a public school child to adjust too. There are so many factors that change in their world. There are many things that they will be learning and the first of these things are new relationships and learning to acquire knowledge.
Benefits of time off
- Take time to Detox from School
- Build new routines. Take time to work together on running the home and learning to slow down from the hurry from here to there. Learn to live outside of the 'school run' rhythm. Your children need to find a healthy pace and you need to discover what the best is for them.
- Get to know your student. While you think you know them and they think they know you, you will only begin to know each other after the honeymoon period ends. Spend time cooking, cleaning and playing educational games together. Find what clicks for your child. Through simple acts of shopping (adding up what's in the trolley) paying for groceries etc you will quickly learn where your student is performing mathematically. Going to a few museums will soon enlighten you on what they do or do not know. Read a few books and gain a feel for where their personal learning curve is.
- Character Counts. While at school our children are not always in the presence of someone in authority who has the same values that you do in your home. It will take a while to reestablish good healthy habits and strong positive character. Only by spending time with your child will you find out what they need help with. Is it being kind ? Obedient ? Gentle ? Generous ?
- Have fun together :)
- Find out about the laws in your country and fill out the correct paper work (Read Here for Australian requirements)
- Find a mentor who will support and encourage you
- Get a few books and educate yourself (here are my top 5)
- Don't buy the first curriculum you find! Take some time to become acquainted with some of the methods and curriculum out there. Remember Curriculum is your SERVANT not your master.
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