Deschooling is a variable time wherein a student and parents transition from the traditional schooling expectations and mindset to that of student-led, self-directed, or homeschooling mindsets. This time frame is generally one month per year of formal “school” (outside of Summer break). Some students are ready before this time period and others may require more time for readiness.

You will know your child is ready after they decompress/detox by doing things that may not appear like “learning” to an adult who has not transitioned him/herself. This “downtime” is for the student to re-discover their own intrinsic motivation and reconnect with themselves without outside of traditional expectations or demands in regards to education. When the student begins to “get bored” and asks to try new things and choose new activities, they are on the right track for this shift. During this time, parents are encouraged to deprogram and shift their own mindsets, read books on self-direction and homeschooling, research the laws of their states or countries, and begin to reconnect with their learners in new ways.

Some of these ways may include:

Read here: Raising Life-Long Learners - Deschooling

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Parental Deschooling: Finding Your Non-School Normal

Deschooling is highly recommended as it makes the transition into a new self-directed learning environment much smoother and less stressful. Our experience shows that those who take the time to deschool properly have a much better experience and transition well vs those who do not. The environment is so different and without letting go of previous notions of what learning “looks like”, this process will be very difficult if not impossible.

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