Deschooling: What is it, and Why is it Important?

So you’re thinking about homeschooling.  It’s a big step!  It’s a huge choice that feels like you’re jumping out of the box or swimming away from the bait ball.  It’s new, it’s intimidating, and it’s full of annoyingly weird acronyms and labels that you have to decipher any time you join a chat group.

You may have heard this term already: deschooling.  Chances are a veteran homeschooler suggested it – and hopefully they explained what it means.   It’s not to be confused with unschooling; a complete homeschooling philosophy by itself despite being somewhat similar to deschooling.




Verbal Stimming (and why it’s ok)



My son stims.  He used to flap his arms and hands in a more obvious way of stimming, but as he grew older that stopped.  We never told him to stop or discouraged it, he just grew beyond that need.

You might be asking “what is stimming?”  The short answer – it’s a way to provide sensory stimulation in a variety of ways.  The most obvious is hand flapping or jumping and squealing.  Other methods include repetitive hand motions, jiggling a knee up and down, or pacing.   We all stim to some degree, but individuals with sensory issues use stimming as a coping mechanism.



The Frustration of History



This year, I’m leading an ancient history class along with the art class.  It’s been an interesting and slightly frustrating endeavor, mainly because I couldn’t find a good, basic course that fit our needs.  Story of my homeschool life right there.

Sure, I can find a ton of things with the big 4 – ancient Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Greeks, and the Romans.  If I’m lucky there might be a mention here and there about the Indus Valley Civilization or the ancient Chinese, but it’s usually pretty limited.