How to get Socialization
Oh boy. You’ve found one of the biggest controversies of homeschooling: Socialization. Homeschoolers do not understand why it’s such a big deal! They get out of the house and socialize like the rest of society. They have lots of contact with the outside world, such as when they go to the park and play soccer with children their own age, when they ask other children’s parents if their child can come to their birthday party, and when they go the local nursing home to visit the elderly. They interact with neighbors, shoppers, church-goers, club members, team-members, businessmen, politicians, and other families.
Some homeschooling students get more socialization than public school students and, in our humble opinion, as well as other public entities, it’s better socialization! Homeschool children interact with other children of several different ages, to include their own, which is more similar to how adults interact with co-workers. Because of their multigenerational experiences, they’re more prepared for adulthood than non-homeschooled children.
Homeschooled students are also socially adept at being in more adult-heavy locations such as the tourist attractions, stores, and nice restaurants. They’ve had their parents raise them in such a way that they know how to act properly in the public because they have had the one-on-one teaching at home and the personal interaction right there on the spot (since homeschool parents often attend outings with their children). The next time you go to a restaurant, watch various families; you will more than likely find that often the most well-behaved children there are homeschooled.
So homeschooled students are not the hermits and backward individuals of which you may have heard rumors. Quite the contrary! Homeschoolers love to get out of the house and enjoy time with others outside of their family, and they have proper conduct when they’re out and about. Homeschoolers get very good socialization.
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