Even though homeschooling is becoming more popular these days; many people outside this “niche” still believe that socialization in homeschooling is a problem. The cliche of the weird – awkward homeschool child needs to be diluted with the example of the entire community.
But let’s face it, when people is considering homeschooling their first worry is: social interactions. For veterans, it is very easy to dissipate those thinking’s, as experience has taught us that homeschool socialization is the least of the problems. The problem arise once you realize you have been doing too much socialization and hardly any school work.
Socialization in homeschooling is very rewarding for the entire family. Homeschooling gives more time to go out to: enjoy, explore outside and be an active member of their society.
School children interact in a daily basis with children their same age. They play around, problem-solve as a part of a group and discuss about the subject, all this creates a sense of belonging to a community (Their school), but, one of the great benefits of socializing in homeschooling is the opportunity that every child has to interact with people all ages. Who said that children can only have fun and learn with children their same age?
In fact, by interacting with a wide range of people, children learn to know who they really are, what they like and dislike; building up a stronger personality foundation, this is only possible if children participates and enjoys the company of people all ages. This will help them to face up their future.
However, you as the parent/ teacher of your child, needs to embrace homeschool socialization as part of the curriculum, schedule daily activities and be up to date of all events happening in your area.
At this stage you might need to polish up your research and networking skills. First of all, you need to search for all the events in your local community that your children might be interested on going, and second you should relate to other adults to organize future meetings.
Looking for socialization in homeschooling?
- Search your local homeschool support group.
- Find a close group of homeschool friends with who you get along well.
- Get involve in your local area. As a parent you should know what is going on in your area that can be of interest for your children. Don’t forget to regularly check your Local Park, library, local support groups and recreational centers for their event schedule.
- Volunteering is a great opportunity to give to the community while you socialize. You and your children can have a great time. Take this opportunity to teach them how to work as a part of a team.
- Extra curriculum activities: sport, dance, art, languages, camps…. There are plenty of activities children can do while feeling they belong to a group of people with the same interests.
- Introduce yourself to online homeschooling groups on social media, networks or associations. By being an active member, you will find support and meetings for you to come along.
- Get your contact list growing (Phone numbers or email address) every time you have the opportunity, for you to arrange the next meeting. Slowly but surely! however, don’t overwhelm yourself.
It is very easy to think that homeschool children are lonely, doing their school work all day long, not talking or sharing with anyone. Nevertheless, everyone needs to know that homeschoolers don’t home-school in their own little world. Socialization in homeschooling is possible and can sometimes overcome curriculum activities.
So, do you think homeschool children lack in social skills? Let’s break the misconception of socialization in homeschooling, and share your experience with us in Twitter: @learnally