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The Transition From School to Home Schooling

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 1 Mar 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
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For a child, moving from a busy school day to a less structured home education, where the 'classroom' might be their living room, and the teacher their mum or dad, can be a difficult transition to make. This article will look at how parents should begin planning for this transition well in advance of the time children are leaving school, if possible. If this advance planning is not possible, this article still contains lots of important aspects for parents to consider in organising their child's home education, in order to ease the process of beginning a home learning experience for both parent (or tutor) and child.

Researching Home Schooling

If possible, several months or even a year before a child is due to begin home learning, the parents should research methods of teaching, student engagement and motivation, how to deal with the Local Education Authority and mainstream school (see relevant articles elsewhere on this site for legal aspects of home schooling) as well as talking to other parents who home school their children, who will usually be able to offer valuable advice and experience.

This can also be a good time to join other parents at a local homes education support group, if you can find one in your area. Groups such as the Home Education Advisory Service (HEAS) and Education Otherwise might be able to help you with this task. Ask about their own teaching habits, and daily routines, plus lesson inspirations and group activities held between other home schooling children such as sports, group tutoring, art clubs etc. These groups can also be a very supportive resource when you begin home schooling your child, and can alleviate your concerns about your own transition from parent to parent and child educator.

Decide Whether you Want to Follow a Curriculum

Parents need to decide whether to educate their child more freely and abstractly, or through a structured curricula. If the latter, curricula can be ordered through some home education support groups, or parents may choose to follow a course close to the National Curriculum. Alternatively it can be a good idea to use several sources of advice at the start, mixing and matching books to find your best options. It's best to research these options before a child begins home education, if possible.

Make a 'Classroom'

Even if you have minimal space, it's useful to have a separated area for conducting classes. This should definitely not be in a child's bedroom if at all possible. Think about the kinds of materials you might need, such as a desk, wall space, perhaps a computer, bookshelves and maybe even a blackboard - depending on the kind of 'school' you want to create.

Consider your Child's Home Schooling Objectives

Make a list about what you want to accomplish in the first few months of home schooling. This doesn't have to be specific, but if it includes elements such as academic work, physical activity, socialising, and/or community work, it will be easier to ensure your actual education work later fulfils all these objectives. It can be useful to create this objective list with a local events listings nearby, as museums, galleries and libraries often have useful educating exhibitions and displays.

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Elena - 1-Mar-15 @ 1:28 AM
@GAlexander. It would be unlikely that this would be an option...as schools generally have set curricular activities on certain days. Ask your LEA or school though - let us know what they say.
AHomeEducation - 12-Feb-15 @ 2:34 PM
We've tried to get help from the local authorities but there's no financial help provided for home educators at present as far as our research showed us.
ukhomeschooling.com - 11-Feb-15 @ 1:20 PM
Is it possible to 'part-time' home school children? In an ideal world I'd like to home school my children one day per week. I need to work, and want the children to enjoy the social elements and 'normality' of a school environment. But I feel that they are not receiving the level of education they are capable of, and are held back by the school and curriculum, despite continual efforts over the past five plus years to provide this through the school. I thought that I could provide additional challenge and enrichment/extension activities one day per week, in an arrangement with the school to fit in with the school's timetable/curriculum. Do you know if this is possible to tutor at home part-time or does it have to be either full-time school or home educated?
GAlexander - 10-Feb-15 @ 11:08 AM
Hi i have recently decided to home school my child, any information or ideas would be appreciated Thanks
meloko27 - 9-Jan-15 @ 9:24 PM
I am interested in home schooling and would like further information in how to set it up.
mcginley - 9-Jan-14 @ 6:23 PM
My daughter is in grade 9 at the moment, she really battled this year at school and we were thinking of home schooling her instead of sending her to another school. We live in Kimberley (Northern Cape). I need more information about home schooling and how we can enrol her for next year or is it to late. Thanks
Lynie - 20-Nov-13 @ 8:07 AM
I would be grateful if you would be able to inform me if the local authority are able to provide me with learning material to home school my son
Lorna962 - 8-May-13 @ 4:39 PM
Can my local athority help home school my child,,like help pay for a tutor or books that are needed
Smiley - 11-Oct-12 @ 12:47 AM
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