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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Deschooling

Deschooling. It's not homeschooling, and it's not unschooling. It's Deschooling. But what is it, and who needs it? 

Deschooling is recovery, from the trauma that gifted children may have suffered in their previous school situation. Could deschooling be necessary after only a year or two of school? It's possible. How can we know? What can we do?

Deschooling. It may be just what your gifted child needs!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Overexcitabilities (OEs), and Multipotentiality.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics. Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

What Exactly IS Deschooling... and Do I Need to Do It? by Coleen, in Raising Lifelong Learners
I haven't always homeschooled. In fact, I spent a decade working in the public school system and never even considered homeschooling. My brilliant son handled any school work that was handed to him, so I assumed that school would be a breeze for him - until it wasn't.

We're accidental homeschoolers, forged in the fires of failed public school attempts, and absolutely thriving now. It's taken time and trials to get us into the rhythm we have now - lots of time and lots of trials. Over the years we've been able to fine-tune each kiddo's education for their specific needs in a way the schools were just unable to do. We are in the homeschooling zone. First, though, we had to deschool.

Deschooling is one of those words you spot often enough in homeschooling groups that you know it's real, but you're not always sure what exactly it is. Deschooling is, in its simplest form...
How to Deschool a Twice-Exceptional Learner by Teresa Currivan, LMFT, in Help My Children Thrive
Deschooling is the process of allowing a student to abstain from any school or learning-related activities. When unschooling, the objective is to allow the child’s intrinsic motivation to learn to return.

Deschooling is necessary when a child has experienced school trauma — any intellectual, social, mental or physical harm within the school setting. The nature and length of the trauma the child has endured impacts the amount of time he needs to deschool, from a few months to a few years.

Deschooling differs from unschooling...
The Case for Deschooling by Heather in WonderSchooling
This is what happens to many new homeschoolers.

After exiting the school, some tend to stay in “school” mode and all the structure and order it affords. Others go from one extreme to the other, whether it’s Charlotte Mason, Wild+Free, Unschooling, or pre-packaged curricula or even online options. Because they don’t know what works for them and their family, they jump into one system or another, and then get frustrated and discouraged when it doesn’t work for them.

That’s where Deschooling comes in...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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