Homeschool Socialization

Did you ever have a conversation with someone about homeschooling and they made a statement such as, “Oh! But what about socialization! They won’t know how to socialize with other people!” Is this really a problem with homeschooling? The answer is both yes and no. Socialization can be a weakness and strength in both homeschool and traditional school. In my experience I have noticed that homeschoolers can usually socialize with any adult and most children of any age or development with differing personalities. They are usually compassionate, giving people and many adults enjoy their interaction.  When homeschoolers become adults they generally fit in and work well with their peers. However, homeschoolers can struggle during their preteen and teen years fitting in with their peers at places like church, camp, sports activities, and general interactions with groups of peers. To counteract this you could be a member of a homeschool co-op, be faithful to Sunday school, and have your children partake in activities such as join a sports team or 4H club. Also, it is important to be aware that as homeschoolers enter adulthood they can be very gullible and trusting around young adults. Join me next week as I talk about socialization from a traditional school’s perspective.

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