By World Family Education and Rebekah Conklin
Sometimes an international family finds itself in a situation where it needs to homeschool for a summer, a semester, or a year, but expects to return to traditional schooling. This can be a daunting proposition, but at the same time, a great opportunity. Home education offers the time and proximity to grow closer as a family and become personally involved in a child’s learning.
Several scenarios can lead to temporary homeschooling, such as:
This sudden change will be a big transition for your family. Even if you’re not in a new location or community, you’ll need to prepare for and process the adjustment to home education. Prioritizing relationships in your family as well as the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of all its members is key to thriving in any transition.
Familiarize yourself with the transition you’re facing by reading World Family Education’s article on Transitions, and more specific to your situation, the article on Transition from Traditional School to Home Education.
Take Control of the Learning Experience
Whether or not your school is providing you with curriculum and teacher support, you will need to take initiative and responsibility in your family’s learning experience. Taking proactive steps to prepare for this new experience will lead to successful outcomes for your family.
If your school provides most of the tools your child needs, your supervisory role will be critical. You will also need to supplement with activities in the arts, physical education, home/life management, etc.
If your school doesn’t provide curriculum resources, your role will expand to design the learning experience. You will need to develop a plan that considers all of your child’s needs — academic, social, emotional, spiritual, etc.
Take control of your family’s learning experience by:
Find Learning Resources
Whether your school provides educational materials or not, you can support the learning process with additional resources.
If your child has special needs, either educationally, emotionally, or physically, you may need specific resources for them. For more discussion on this, visit World Family Education’s Children with Special Needs page and Special Needs Resources by Location.
Some other sites that offer articles, educational materials, and community for those educating special needs children at home are:
- Homeschooling Special Needs Children — Thorough section at time4learning (U.S.-based site) about educating special needs children at home.
- Special Needs Kids Homeschooling — Section at A2Z Home’s Cool (U.S.-based site) with articles, resources, and community.
- Home Education in the UK – special educational needs — An entire site dedicated to families with special needs children who are educating at home.
Manage Your Time
As you transition to temporary home education, time management is critical for creating a safe, consistent environment for your family. Rebekah Conklin has had considerable experience in educating while in transition, and she offers the following tips:
Rebekah Conklin is a trained teacher who has lived in southeast Asia for many years. She has homeschooled her children and transitioned them into an international school. Rebekah loves helping international families thrive in her work as an educational consultant for Asia Education Resource Consortium.