Most parents already are aware of the pros and cons of homeschool. What about choosing to take your child out in the middle of a school year? Many parents who choose to homeschool don’t typically follow the public school year, but some do. If you are taking your child out in the middle of the school year you will need to make sure that you are prepared to pick up where the school left off. You will also need to decide if this will truly be helpful to your child or if it can set them back even further.
The first thing you will need to check out is whether or not you are legally able to remove your child from the public school system in the middle of the school year. This can vary by state so be sure to check your local laws. If you are able to remove them in the middle of the school year, first think about why. Is there any reason why you can not wait until the end of the school year to homeschool? Is your child’s situation in school that serious? In some cases the answer can be yes. One of the benefits of doing so is that you will be preventing your child from falling further begin if that is the problem. Of course the downside to taking your child out could be that they do fall behind. If parents don’t take the time to fully prepare their homeschooling schedule and curriculum you can easy find your child falling behind with their studies and not adjusting well.
For many children who suddenly start homeschooling there is a brief adjustment period. This is the time where children will need to get used to being at home, and not being in the school environment anymore. They will also need to get used to not being around their peers all day. Kids may be excited about the idea of homeschooling at first but may quickly change their mind after it happens. It is important that you are not homeschooling simply because it is something that your child wants, but something that they really need.
You may also find that mid year homeschooling can cause a problem with the teachers and the school staff. They may not have any legal ground to stand on, but it can make the whole process a lot more stressful for you and your child. It may also be helpful to take the time and speak to other homeschooling parents in the area. There are usually support groups located in each state. Do some research and talk to these parents prior to removing your children from the public school system. You may also wan t to take the time and set up some play dates or play groups for your child so that they don’t suddenly feel completely isolated.