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Homeschooling Lingo

Homeschooling can feel very overwhelming when just beginning! Especially when you're unsure of, or overwhelmed by the lingo!

Homeschooling, deschooling, unschooling... What does it all mean!? 🤪

Here's a simple rundown!

✨Homeschooling: Teaching your child at home and in the community based on a curriculum and rhythm of your choosing! This is not suppose to replicate school at home. Most curriculums can be completed in relatively small blocks of time, leaving more time for hands-on fun, extracurriculars, field trips, and co-op involvement!

✨Co-Op: This stands for COOPERATIVE and this word is the foundation of a co-op. Co-ops are run by the parents of the children in attendance. Parents make the program how they choose to based on their own involvement. More involvement means more fun for the (YOUR) kids! They typically will have a small sign on and materials fee (or insurance fees depending on the size of the program) to keep the program running. Some can grow to become great assets to the community when all hands are on deck.

✨Extracurriculars: These are programs parents will pay for out of pocket to fulfill learning requirements from the state (like PE), or to fulfill their children's interests. They are not necessary, but low cost programs can be found (or started!).

✨Unschooling: Unschooling is a way of life that some homeschoolers will adopt. This way of life involves a heavily child lead education that is primarily based on the child's interests. One unschooling family may use no curriculum at all while another may be eclectic and use bits and pieces of different curriculums to fit their kids' needs. Some unschoolers are more radical in the sense of how child lead their days are. Others find a balance of free play and child lead routine to fulfill their families needs. No two unschoolers are alike.

✨Deschooling: Deschooling is the process of re-wiring the way you view education. It is crucial that all homeschooling families have a period of deschooling. You will spend your time getting to know your child's strengths, weaknesses, interests, rhythm, and learning styles. This step is necessary because if you attended a classroom yourself, had your child attend one, and/or taught in one before, you have been programmed to believe an education only looks one way.

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Homeschool seems like it has so much more variety now too

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