If you discover that a child is struggling in the public school and is getting more depressed as the year progresses then home schooling might be an option which you should look at. However, prepare yourself for a home schooling transition period after removing your child from public school before leaping into ‘full-time’ schooling.
If your child is in public school now then you must begin by determining the home schooling laws in your state. Make sure that you are able to comply with all of your state’s requirements before going any further. As soon as you are happy that you can meet all of the requirements of your state you should get in touch with your child’s school and inform them that you are withdrawing. If you do not formally remove your child then this might lead to truancy issues in the future. Also, be ready for the school to ask questions and possibly to attempt to talk you out of this course of action.
The process for the withdrawal of your child will vary depending on where you are living but it will normally involve simply writing a letter to the superintendent of your child’s school system. You should state that you have elected to home school your child. You may also have to provide evidence that you are complying with your state’s laws and are legally allowed to remove your child from the public school. If you are able to quote sections of the state law in your letter then it will help to show the superintendent that you are familiar with the law and your rights to home school your child.
Points To Ponder On Your Home Schooling Decision
Having sorted out the formalities you should then think about the following:
1. Your child is no longer imprisoned by the rules and regulations of the public school system and must be permitted a bit of time come to terms with the change. For this reason, you ought not to rush into full time schooling but should allow your child a bit of time to adjust to the change in lifestyle.
2. Permit yourselves a little time to get to know one another. You may believe you know your child but you might be surprised to find that you do not know him at all. You might uncover parts of your child’s character which you never knew were there and he could also learn several new things about you as well.
3. You may notice that your child does a few things which he has grown used to doing at school. A few new home school children will put their hand up when they have a question or when they have to use the restroom. It may take a little time to do but those school habits will disappear eventually.
4. Try to hang on to the better habits which he has learned at school. For instance, if your child has been used to doing spelling tests on a set day of the week then add this into your home schooling plan. If you let him stop doing all of the things he did in public school then you may end up creating more problems than you are solving.
5. Do not forget to enjoy home schooling with your child. Deciding to home school is of course chiefly for the student but it should also be pleasurable for you as well. Do not take things too seriously and cut yourself some slack and have fun. Possibly most important of all do not forget just why you decided to home school and take joy in the freedom which home schooling affords.