What is deschooling? The best definition I found is this - the process by which you and your child adapt to having abandoned the traditional concepts of learning.
After completing 7 weeks of school and everyone being a little burned out, I felt like we needed to go back to the beginning and allow ourselves a some time to relax and deschool. So we have shelved the school books for the week in favor of some more relaxed, natural learning and fun. The kids are loving it. So far this week they've done an art project, been detectives, played a million games, built a fort, and watched about 20 episodes of Beakman's World on Netflix instant streaming. They are learning through play, they are using their imaginations, and they are having fun.
Yet here I sit, discouraged and feeling like a failure for not insisting they do their math, vocabulary, science, and history lessons. It's not like they're behind and I certainly haven't abandoned our books forever, just one week. So I have come to the realization that it is me that needs to deschool. It is me that needs to let go of the traditional school mentality and remember than we are homeschooling for a reason. Public school was not working for us so why am I trying to recreate it at home?
Now is the time to for me to give the love of learning back to the kids. Now is the time to embrace this journey we've decided to take. Now is the time to change my thinking and discover that learning can be accomplished in many different ways.
Deep breath, relax, and here goes nothing...