Socialization and Homeschooling:
Are your kids getting enough social time?
Socialization and homeschooling….it’s the big S word!!! The definition of socialization is this:
The activity of mixing socially with others.
Another definition is:
Learning to act properly in public.
( aka.. doing what is “socially acceptable” in public.)
There is a common myth floating around that homeschooled children are not properly “socialized,” and it’s just that… a myth. In fact, one of the most common reasons that people don’t want to homeschool their children because of this crazy myth.
The truth is that homeschool children have even more opportunities than children who are in public school for “social mixing.” Unless you live in a cave and never see the light of day, your children will socialize. Let’s do a little comparison, shall we?
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Socialization and Homeschooling:
Children who attend public school are…
#1 only socializing with their peers. (children of the same age)
#2 only socializing when they are allowed. (lunch and recess)
How ironic is it that parents claim their child is socializing in public school?? Yet, the children are told by teachers and other school leaders that they are not there to socialize. Hmmm…. confusing!
Children who are homeschooled have…
#1 plenty of opportunities to talk with people of all ages.
#2 more time to socialize.
Remember This>>> They will make friends!!
Your children will make friends regardless of whether they are homeschooled or not.
- Field Trips
- Local Support Groups
Our local homeschool group takes field trips, does park days, and has a P.E. class once per month. I have learned so much about homeschooled children from going to those events! I can say that I am impressed with the homeschooled children that I have met. My children were fairly young when we started attending the P.E. days. Not one of the older children refused to talk to or play with my children because of their age. No one was considered “too young”, “too uncool”, or anything of the sorts. They were all kind to one another, and eager to make friends.
Can you imagine if public schooled children all behaved this way???
The Ugly Truth:
Going to public school does not mean you will have many friends. There are plenty of public schooled children who do not have friends at all. So, be encouraged fellow homeschooler, your child will have just as many opportunities, if not many more, to make friends and be social with people of all ages.
I am living proof that public school does not mean you’ll have a lot of friends. I did have a few friends in school, but I was socially awkward. (Introverted all the way!) Honestly, I really felt more comfortable making friends at my church. Not at school. I was more than happy to finish up my high school days homeschooling!
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on socialization and homeschooling?? Leave it in the comments below!
Read: Confessions of a Burnt-Out Homeschooler
Read this article on Socialization by Simple Homeschool << In this article she talks about why she’s not worried about her homeschoolers’ socialization. I think we can all relate to the points she makes here. It really is such a non-issue that others have turned into an “issue”.