During my quest to educate myself on home educating, the term ‘Deschooling’ has popped up on many occasions.
What exactly is deschooling? A quick Google search finds the quote above on Wikipedia.
Deschooling is said to be one of best ways to handle a childs transition from the embedded structure of school education to the flexibility of home education
Many of the home educating facebook group posts that I’ve read have all said that this is a crucial learning experience, not just for the child but for the family. Some home educating parents have said that they wished that they had deschooled for longer, others say that deschooling took longer than they had anticipated.
I’m trying to figure out how a parent knows when deschooling should be over?! Does it only apply to curriculum learning, as in the deschooling stops when the child picks up a book, or requests to do some Maths?!
I intend for T to keep doing his Maths and English 10 minute work outs (he’s been enjoying doing these whilst attending school) and then just see how the rest goes and formulate learning plans as and when he instigates interest in certain areas. He has already said that he’d like to go to Berlin in March for his birthday, so I’ve given him the task of researching ‘stuff for kids to do in Berlin’ and will guide him in his online search for cheap flights!
Does this mean I’m not succeeding at deschooling?!
UPDATE: Since writing this blog and searching WP, I have discovered ‘unschooling’ – I interpret this as not following any curriculum nor lesson planning and all learning being primarily child led, meaning that I am doing a combination of both Home Educating and Unschooling. This is after we’ve deschooled of course – even though I’m still figuring out exactly what that is!