When kids, especially teenagers, come out of school, there is a process they need to go through in order to work through the stress of school and to regain their love of learning. Many experienced home educators say to allow one month of recovery time for every year of schooling that the child has had.
Leaving school can be a turbulent time. We call this ‘Decompression’ or ‘Deschooling’ and generally find that it takes around one month per year the child has been in school. Be kind to yourself during this transition phase and factor in time to do things that are fun for your family – whether that is picnics, trips to the playground, quiet time – whatever you need as time out. See Decompression for information and help. This article on Decompression will tell you what to expect and give you some hints on dealing with this phenomenon.