DEschooling & UNschooling
Deschooling is a transitional period that some families go through before they start homeschooling, particularly if they are transitioning from a traditional school environment.
It is the process of letting go of the traditional school mindset and practices.
During this period, parents and children take a break from formal schooling to adjust to a more flexible and child-centered approach to education.
The purpose of deschooling is to allow children and parents to decompress from the constraints of traditional education, unlearn any negative attitudes or habits associated with schooling, and re-establish a natural love for learning.
It’s a time for the family to reset their expectations and routines and reevaluate their educational goals.
ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION
Unschooling is an educational philosophy and approach to homeschooling that emphasizes a child-led learning experience.
It rejects the traditional structure of formal education and does not rely on a fixed curriculum, schedules, or grades.
Instead, unschooling allows children to follow their interests and passions, encouraging them to learn through everyday experiences, exploration, and self-directed activities.
Unschooling relies heavily on the idea that children are naturally curious and will learn best when they are motivated and engaged in subjects that genuinely interest them.
Parents or caregivers who embrace unschooling provide resources, guidance, and support but do not impose a specific curriculum or set learning goals. The focus is on fostering a love of learning and independence.
ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION
It’s important to note that some families may incorporate elements of both deschooling and unschooling into their homeschooling journey, and the specific practices can vary widely depending on individual preferences and circumstances.
The deschooling process is an important part of the beginning homeschooling journey and a way to fully benefit from school at home after conventional schools. Deschooling happens as a transition between stopping school and beginning homeschool.
DEschool allows your child to decompress from the influence of the formal education system and prepares your family for a fresh outlook on learning at home by giving them time off during a relaxed schedule at home.
Are you a mom who realizes you’ve been slowly disappearing and aren’t sure how to come back? Maybe you’ve been at this parenting thing for a while and are looking for ways to keep your stamina up.
Or are you a mom who has been looking for your “passion” and feel terrible that you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? I’ve experienced all these and more.
Are you thinking about making the transition from public school to homeschooling? Or maybe you feel the need to overcome public school mentality?
If so, you may find that you want to learn how to deschool with confidence
Discover what deschooling is and if it could help your family have a smooth and peaceful transition as you prepare for homeschooling.
If you have been thinking about transitioning from public school or even private school to homeschooling, you may be feeling just a little bit overwhelmed.
The concept of deschooling focuses on taking a break from the formal lessons and activities of school and allowing your family time to adjust to the new school setup. While many families struggle the first few weeks of school, you don’t have to!
How to unschool your child:
"If you know you only had a year more with that child, what would you expose him to? Where would you go? What would you eat? What would you watch? What would you do? If you had only ONE year - and then it was all over, what would you do?
Four seasons. Twelve months. 365 day.
Do that THIS year. And the next. That's how unschooling works. By living life as if it were an adventure. As if you only had a limited amount of time with that child. Because that's the way it IS."
- Kelly Dunlap Lovejoy
Unschooling is one of the more out-of-the-box ways to homeschooling. Many believe that homeschooling means no schooling, and this isn’t the case. To help get you started check out resources gathered on our SAH Unschooling board!