Socialization is often a big concern when thinking about homeschooling. However, most families find multiple ways to meet their children’s socialization needs.
Homeschooling allows a child to be exposed to a wide variety of people of all ages and in different contexts.
- Here are some examples:
- At the grocery store with the clerks, cashiers, people met while walking around;
- At the park, on vacation, or travelling;
- During classes, outings, or meetings with a support group;
- Taking part in sports or being on a team;
- Taking art, music, or drawing classes;
- Taking part in local town activities, neighbouring towns, and other areas in your region;
- Trips to museums, libraries, or the post office; or
- Playing with neighbourhood children, cousins, with friends at your home or theirs.
Homeschooling also allows other family members, friends, and neighbours to be involved in the child’s educational experience. Many grandparents become very enthusiastic about homeschooling once they see how they can be even more involved in their grandchildren’s lives.
For children who suffer from social anxiety or who have behavioural difficulties, homeschooling allows the parent to help them meet this challenge by managing their exposure to groups. They often begin with smaller groups, with shorter activities, and a pace that matches their child’s needs.
Socialization is anywhere there is a chance to connect with another person. It can happen anywhere!
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