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Homeschool has created a lot of controversies and negative issues. Therefore, it is a very hard decision to start homeschooling, I would like to confess. There are more negative issues and responses directed to the homeschool family that we need to face from the time we decide to homeschool than the positive ones. This post is a sharing about the negative issue of homeschool, “Socialization in Homeschool”
Before we continue, I would like to recommend some books about socialization in homeschool you might need to check out:
Homeschooling: Socialization in a Homeschool Environment: An educational book for new homeschooling families or those considering homeschooling (Homeschooling: Providing Quality Education At Home 1)The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of HomeschoolingBut What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question: A Review of the LiteratureHaystack Full of Needles, A Catholic Home Educator's Guide to Socialization
Socialization in Homeschool
What about socialization?
This is the most frequent question that people ask about when we mention that we homeschool our children. It seems that children are very weird and abnormal creatures for common people. Even right now, I haven't won all of my relatives' heart with positive opinion regarding this issue. The question about socialization in homeschool have some “branches”:
- Will your children be able to get along with others?
- Your children don't have any pears with the same age. You know… everyone needs peers.
- Your children won't have any prompt night and alumni. Therefore, they won't have any reunion in the future.
- You will have children who look like robots. They are not normal like other kids.
- How pitiful your children are. They cannot meet others like in the prison.
We have millions of comments regarding socialization around homeschooling topic and we have been familiar with this. Facing this questions, we rarely go into arguments. I sometimes feel useless to give response for those who sound just give me a test answering the “S Question”. I usually just keep smiling for the questions and say that kids enjoy having friends from many places and ages. The next question that I usually have is where kids get friends. Without trying hard to explain, I just lightly explain about their activities outside the house and at home. If people still want to know more about this topic, I just explain that association or having peers doesn't mean that it is socialization.
In the real life, we don't get along with people with the same age only. We have to be able to socialize with various people in terms of ages, education, and other backgrounds. How much time do the schooled children can play together daily? Can they really play? There is a lot of answer and explanation regarding socialization in homeschooling.
This post is a part of Negative Issues in Homeschool Series. Check out the other negative issues and how to deal with them:
How to Deal with Homeschool Naysayers
If you like the topic, Socialization in Homeschool, you might visit my old post:
Homeschooling and Socialization Based on The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling (a book written by Rachel Gathercole), ch. 1-3″
8 Social Skills Children Need to Know
10 Types of Extra Activities for Homeschool Children