Is there ever a good time to transition a child from public school to homeschooling? This question and answer addresses this issue.
Q. It is mid October and I want to start homeschooling my children. Should I take them out of school now, or should do I have to wait until Christmas break or next school year.
A. You don’t need to wait for any particular time of the year to take your kids out of school and start homeschooling. You can take them out on the third day of the school year, or the day before the last. That is completely up to you.
Many people do however, set a date and time to remove the kids from public school and start homeschooling. They may allow the child to finish a school year that is almost over. Taking kids out of school mid year is also popular.
Reasons behind setting a date to start homeschooling also varies. The parent may need to time to educate themselves and mentally prepare. It may be done just to finish the school year so the new school year can start fresh. This is fine as long as there isn’t an urgent reason to homeschool.
As for when you should take the kids out of public school and start homeschooling, you have to ask yourself several things:
Are you ready or do you need time to study and prepare yourself to homeschool? Homeschooling should not be began impulsively. In the best circumstances, the parents have read several books, visited with homeschoolers, and even gone to a homeschooling convention.
Do you have an urgent need to homeschool? If you feel your child’s person or self esteem are in danger, it might be better if you took them out of school now and fill in he blanks as you go. If they are fine but you just want to try something different, then it may be a good idea to take your time preparing and take them out of school halfway through or at the end of the year.
Is your child anxious to start homeschooling? If your child is enthusiastic about beginning homeschooling, you may want to take them out and let them go for it. A child ready and willing to start homeschooling will make the most of the experience. If they are tentative, you will want to let them stay in school until you feel the time is right, and slowly get them used to the idea of homeschooling.