While families who have always homeschooled may have never needed to “deschool,” those of us who pulled our children from a public or private school could (and did!) benefit from having a deschooling period.

Deschooling is not be confused with unschooling. Per Wikipedia, “Deschooling refers to the mental process a person goes through after being removed from a formal schooling environment, when the school mindset is eroded over time. Deschooling may also refer to the time period it takes for children removed from school to adjust to learning in an unstructured environment.”

I know when we pulled our son out of public school in the first grade, we jumped right into homeschooling and we tried to recreate that classroom experience at home. We spent several months completely miserable. It wasn’t until later in the year when I came across an article about deschooling that we decided that was something we needed to do. It did take a couple of months for both my son, and myself, to really wrap our heads around having so much flexibility in regards to our homeschool.

What about you? Did you take some time to deschool?

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