It’s been such a busy summer in our homeschooling world! I’m finally catching a breath to sit and write a bit and fill you all in on some of our adventures and our life. I’m going to be trying to answer some of the questions I get from readers from time to time. So many parents are showing interest in homeschooling and have lots of questions. Each family is different and many times parents feel inadequate to teach their children at home. I promise, if I can do it, most anyone can!
One of the concerns interested parties are sure to voice immediately, is in regard to socialization. How do children who get homeschooled build their socialization skills? Honestly, research shows that children who are homeschooled actually have an easier time of socializing in the world in most cases. This is because homeschooled students are typically exposed to people of all ages throughout the school year. For example, on library day, my kids might spark up a conversation with an elderly gentleman sitting nearby during reading time. On budget building trips to the grocery store, they encounter all types of people and interact with them on a regular basis. For us, this seems to give our children ease in most social settings because they already have experience doing life with other people from all backgrounds. In fact, some research shows that homeschooled children excel above traditional school children in social skills. Michael Brady, who researches social issues between homeschooled and public schooled children said, “There seems to be an overwhelming amount of evidence that children socialized in a peer-dominant environment are at higher risk for developing social maladjustment issues than those that are socialized in a parent monitored environment.”
There are endless ways for homeschooled students to interact with people their age, as well as other groups. Our community offers clubs like 4-H, community athletics, reading groups, dance troupes to both homeschooled and public schooled students. Volunteering has proven to provide so many benefits to all our children. They seem to thrive when getting the opportunity to help others through service. We have participated in many community outreach endeavors which I will go into further in my next blog.
It’s all about having well rounded children who will grow into well rounded adults. We believe that through the hands on daily interaction with our children’s studies, participating in extracurricular activities, and volunteering in our community, our children will be prepared to function in the real world upon graduation.