Socialization is often a big concern when thinking about homeschooling. However, most families find multiple ways to meet their children’s socialization needs, since socialisation is everywhere, all the time.
Homeschooling allows a child to be exposed to a wide variety of people of all ages and in different contexts.
Here are some examples:
During classes, cultural outings, or meetings with a support group;
Taking part in sports or being on a team;
Taking art, music, or drawing classes;
At the park, on vacation, or travelling;
Taking part in local town activities, neighbouring towns, and other areas in your region;
Trips to museums, libraries, or the post office;
Playing with neighbourhood children, cousins, or friends;
At the grocery store with the clerks, cashiers and people met while shopping.
Homeschooling allows others to be involved.
Other members of the family, friends and neighbors become part of the children’s homeschooling 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!