Homeschool parents hear the socialization question…. A LOT! And, if you are like me, it DRIVES YOU NUTS!
However, if you are really, truly concerned about socialization, and if that is really, truly why you are hesitant to homeschool, then I am here to reassure you. Homeschool kids ARE socialized. If anything, we are too social because we try to make up for the perceived “lack” of socialization.
Here are just a few of the many socialization opportunities for homeschoolers.
- Church groups
- Keepers of the Faith
- Contenders of the Faith
- Church Quiz Bowl Teams
- Church Camp
- Small Group Lessons
- Homeschool Group Activities
- Field Trips
- School Sports Teams (depending on your state)
- Library Activities
- Girl Scouts
- Boy Scouts
Misc. Socialization Opportunites
- The Park
- Family Gatherings
- Summer Enrichment Camps
Socialization takes time, and effort, but it is really not that different in homeschooling than in public school. Also, believe me when I say, don’t NOT homeschool because you are worried about socialization. Socialization is natural, it happens, and it does not require a public school building.
So, they next time someone asks you, “What about socialization?” Send them to this list; there are TONS of socialization opportunities for homeschoolers out there. You just have to look!
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.