Friday, April 1, 2011

Homeschooling & Socialization

Benefits of Public School Social Interaction [Hard to read? Click Image to View Larger Cartoon]
Homeschooling parents constantly are asked the question, "what about socialization?" So, what does "socialization" look like for homeschoolers? Well, here's what our kids are doing this week...

Monday - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class 

Tuesday - 2 hour "Discover a Bug" program at the library followed by 1 hour group guitar lesson

Wednesday - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class

Thursday - Friends are coming over to play

Friday - Park day with other homeschoolers, followed by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class

Saturday - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class

... those are just the times we have scheduled this week that involve other people. Other activities we have scheduled over the next month are Science Club, Writing Club, dentist appointments (they'll have to talk to the dentist, right?), Book Club, more park days, Photography Club, and Social Studies Club.

Throughout the week they'll talk to their friends on the phone, through email and Facebook. They'll interact with people of all ages while we're out at the store. They might even be invited or invite their friends out to the movies.

Life involves other people. Homeschooling doesn't prevent socialization. Public school and homeschooling are educational options. Neither one guarantees your children will learn social skills or have positive social experiences.

I don't believe homeschooling is for everyone, but "socialization" should definitely not be a reason to choose to put your children in public school. 

What's your opinion on Homeschooling & Socialization?

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2 comments:

MissMOE on Fri Apr 01, 08:31:00 PM 2011 said...

Amen!

S.B.Niccum on Wed Jun 01, 08:34:00 PM 2011 said...

Yep! So happy to hear it! The first words that come out of my mouth when I get asked that question is: "I don't want them socialized to the public school system!"
Great blog, love it!
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