Transition from school to homeschool is a crucial phase in kids’ education. Browsing at the library, watching educational videos and seeking peace in nature are some preparatory activities that lessen kids’ stress and help them in coming in tune with their present learning environment.
Taking a decision to shift students from private or public school to homeschooling system is a great decision. It involves lots of mental preparation and investment of time to get the kids ready for a totally different atmosphere in homeschooling when parents decide to change their educational pattern.
Not an easy task to do, homeschooling demands lots of preparation for teaching methods, choosing a suitable curriculum, implementing it through interesting methods and engaging kids in fruitful activities to understand the subjects and gather true knowledge in them.
With lots of multimedia facilities and overall availability of the umpteen numbers of online teaching and learning resources, getting the best for their kids is not a simple matter for the homeschooling parents. It demands much of time, collaboration, discussion and organization on the part of the parents. They need to look into the psychology of their kids for bringing out productive results for their efforts. The approaches should be in tune with the learning abilities and aptitudes of kids so as to make the efforts of the parents competent and successful, gaining them the expected accomplishments for their kids in the end.
Transition from school to homeschool is a crucial phase for both parents and kids and they can make it smooth, hassle free, stress free and interesting through the following strategies.
Creating a cool period of decompression for the kid
Decompression is the period when the child suddenly comes out of school and starts his homeschooling phase in education. At school, Kids are trained to stick to the instructions given in the classroom and do their work accordingly. When they are pulled out of school all of a sudden, they miss that guidance from the teacher for each and every aspect of their work and feel like a fish out of water in the homeschooling environment. They need some time to get settled to independent thinking and freedom in work.
Until their kids get settled into this pattern of learning, it is rather parental duty to infuse confidence in them for free thinking and acting in independent studies. Patience on the part of parents plays a major role for acclimatizing kids to homeschooling environment.
Aiming at some informal work at the start
Instead of directly jumping into the curriculum, parents can have starters to introduce the curriculum to kids and thus make them stress free and get interested in learning homeschooling subjects. They can work with their kids like browsing material for subjects at the library, watch videos on interesting topics, playing with educational toys and seeking peace in Nature. Such things help kids relax and come out of their school routines and they feel free to accept a new curriculum. This is especially good for those who have shifted from school in the mid-year or so.
How long this period of decompression can extend in homeschooling is a good question and it depends upon the attitude of the kid. Some kids get used to the present circumstances very soon and they need just a month’s time to take up their new classes at home. Some may need more time as in the case of many teenagers and it can extend even to a year’s time.
Once the kids are all set for their new routines, it is good to introduce topics with which they are comfortable and other ones can be scheduled for a later time. It is the psychological approach of the parents that is pivotal to their kids’ success in homeschooling.
Seeking counseling from online portals
Many online tutoring centers offer counseling for students who have bad school experiences and have lost their confidence. Virtual tutors with their long experience in handling students are able to diagnose the troubles of students and offer counseling to rectify their troubles. With their one on one sessions which are personalized for the benefit of students, they can trace out the troublesome areas of learning for students and the psychological reasons behind them. As such, they can help homeschoolers come out of their mental traumas and get settled in their new learning patterns with ease.
So, shifting from school to homeschool is not a tough matter if parents take right steps to make their kids mentally ready to accept the new environment. Initial easing through fun activities like watching educational videos and playing with educational toys is very important for later results in homeschooling and that is where the patience and psychological approach of parents have a major part to play.