The Homeschool Glossary
A Directory of Homeschool Terminology
for the Totally Confused
Refers to the period of adjustment needed after withdrawing a child
from public or private school. The rule of thumb is that for every
year your child spent in school, you should allow one month of doing
nothing academic or schoolish (and double the time if your child went
The reason is that the child needs to recover from the programming
of school and discover that he/she can direct his/her own learning.
This process takes time, and it varies by individual student. Parents,
especially, have a hard time allowing for this deschooling or detox time.
Instead of filling your child's days with curriculum, simply expose them
to the bounty of life. Read, go on field trips, visit museums, etc.
You can learn together — but avoid structured academic time.
Allowing time for your student to recover from schooling, will promote a
more successful transition to self-directed learning through homeschooling.
Some articles on the topic include:
See "Correspondence Courses and Schools."
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