By: Krystle Crossman
If your child has previously attended public school it may be tricky to have them switch to home-schooling, but there are ways to make it as seamless as possible for both you and your child. Here are some steps that you can take to transition your child out of public school and into home-school life.
1. Make sure that your child knows about the benefits of home-schooling. You should know all about them as well. They will wonder why you are pulling them out of school and away from the friends that they have already made so be prepared to tell them all of the great reasons to home-school.
2. It may be hard to break the habit of a very routine schedule and learning a certain way for a while. Just keep going with the lesson plans that you have mapped out and try not to stray back into the public school methods.
3. One of the best things that you can do is to get in contact with other parents that home-school. They can give you some of the best tips on how to transition your child and what some of the best lessons and projects are to help them focus on the fact that learning is now really fun.
4. Your child may be opposed to home-schooling because they don’t think that they will have any friends. Join a home-school group that will have kids who are your child’s age so that they have time to get to know other people who are feeling the same things that they are and are working through the transition or have already made it through the process.
5. Take trips outside of the home as a part of the learning experience. Whether it is the library, a museum, or even a sporting event, there are many ways to step outside of the “classroom” and show your kids that learning is fun, especially when they get to learn about things they are interesting is rather than learning something that they find really boring.