Another week has gone by. Another letter is ready to be written about in our Blogging Through the Alphabet adventure. I am glad that you are here to join Annette and I in this adventure. I have learned a lot about myself and my homeschooling during these last weeks while we have been writing! I hope you are enjoying the journey as well!
This week is the Letter T. For this letter, I want to talk with you about Transition. Now this is a big word, and can talk about many things, but I want to focus on the transition from public school to home school. We did this twice, at two different ages. While most parents think it is just like switching grades or classrooms, going from public school to homeschool is a much larger transition!
The first time we made the transition, it was for Ray Ray. He was only in preschool, and just at the start, so the transition was not that huge of a one. But he knew what a classroom was at that time, and he knew that home was not that. For this age, we simply took each week and added something new. Something that was more "school-like". We were already reading out loud, and talking about what we did during the day. And of course, we were playing, it is preschool, so we had to play!
When I talk about adding things, it was more of the handwriting and sounds of the letters. These were simple. We would work on his name and sing the ABCs. We would spend maybe 5-10 minutes talking about a letter of the week each day and practice writing it. That was all! This transition into homeschooling was easy. I could add more as he got older and little by little we have built up to a third-grade schedule with no problem!
Now the second time we had to transition from public school to homeschool was a little different. Moe Man was in the 6th grade when we felt the calling to pull him out of the public-school system. This was not as simple as the first time. This required a little more planning. But we pulled it off!
We ended up taking an unschooling break for a month when we first pulled him out. What does this mean? We slept in, we didn't do any lessons, we just went to the library, read books and talked about interests. This may seem like a setback in the middle of the school year, but you need to get their mind off of the public-school schedule! In our homeschool we do not have a certain time for each subject, and you are allowed to take as long as needed for each one. This was something new and different for Moe Man, and this time was needed!
After our unschooling days, we slowly added in different subjects. Our days were short and sweet and we would do them throughout the house until we found where we were comfortable. While we have a room with the computers, maps and books, we are no way bound to that one room for our learning. I wanted to make that a solid foundation. We can learn where we want and how we want now that we are at home.
It took a little getting used to, sometime of Moe Man doubting himself and being encouraged that he could do his learning his way, but we finally got a system set up. He now knows that he can read aloud when he needs to, or even simply get up and move around the room, or outside. These things are huge for him!
Transitions are fun and terrifying at the same time. The come in many different situations. What are some ways you made the transition to homeschool easy? Or, how do you transition back to public school when your kids are used to the homeschool schedule?