Homeschool Socialization

One of the biggest debates homeschool parents face is “how will your children learn how to socialize?” While seasoned homeschooling parents probably dismiss this argument it can be a challenge for some parents just starting out on the homeschooling journey.

Socialization does not just happen in schools. Parents of homeschool students need to make a point of getting children involved in school groups, play groups, community sports such as Little League, community events, Scouting and anything else that they find that may be good for their children. Just as learning styles are different, so are the needs of each child individually when it comes to socializing.

Children that come from larger families have a great social network in place. If kids are living in a great family oriented neighborhood they most likely have children all around them that they can play with. Many families are very active in their church groups or charity groups and this is an excellent place for kids to learn about service and treating others kindly.

The greatest thing about homeschool is that when children socialize it is more realistic than public or private school. If we consider the fact that most of us do not grow up and have jobs in rooms of 30 people that are all are same age and probably close to our socioeconomic class. Most people who come to know homeschooled students are impressed by their ability to play with a baby, tumble with a toddler, hang out with tweens and make conversation with teens and adults. This is a great life skill that these children learn. They adapt well to many situations and know how to hold their own regardless of what group of people are around them.

Naturally, to have a child who is well rounded as mentioned it takes great effort on the part of the parents and even the extended family.

The key is to let your children have many experiences and to get to know as many people as possible. This will help them to embrace differences and to learn that we all have something to offer in this life. It takes all kinds of people.

Hopefully, in time, this debate will lessen as the numbers of homeschooled children is constantly on the rise and people are more aware.

The population as a whole will dispel the myths that home schooled children are not “socialized”.

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