Welcome to the World of Home Education and Learning Without School!
We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Allow Time to Deschool
© Beverley PaineIt can take over a year to adjust to homeschooling after bringing a child home from school. It's necessary to rethink the whole idea of education. Classroom learning is geared to educate thirty children with one teacher. It's not impossible, but it's difficult and frustrating to simply transfer classroom teaching and learning approaches directly to the home setting.
In addition, there's a good chance that the child has had her natural desire to learn, as well as her creativity and imagination quashed. She will need time to detox, take a vacation, have some down time - or all three!
The parent needs to deschool as well. For most of us the only educational approach we've known is some kind of school - institutionalised learning. We're used to the idea that education is a passive 'they teach and we learn' kind of thing. Educators, even in schools, know this is only a tiny part of what really happens. We need to update our notions about constitutes an education. The easiest way to do this is to talk to other homeschooling families, hang out with them, and see for ourselves how children learn outside of a school setting.
Some of the myths about education we must dispel are:
See Deschooling Defined for more information.
Some books I recommend for parents are:
Beverley Paine is a mother of three young adults and a prolific writer of homeschooling articles. More articles and essays can be found in her books, available from the Always Learning Books online bookstore.
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