Homeschool Socialization

When I left the workforce to homeschool our children, a common question among friends and family was, “what about socialization?” There were concerns that my children might not have the opportunities for social experiences.

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For now, I’d like to help settle any myths about homeschool and socialization and provide you with a list of homeschool socialization ideas you can start today

homeschool socialization ideas

Homeschool Socialization Myths 

I always advise parents who are considering homeschooling their children for the first time to do their research.

  • What does research tell us about homeschooling and socialization?
  • Do homeschooled children learn any social skills at all?
  • How do homeschool children compare socially, emotionally, and physically to children who attend public school? 

According to the National Home Education Research Institute

Research facts on homeschooling show that the home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.

Additionally, Dr. Ray concluded in his homeschool fast facts report; 

Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.

What does this research tell us, and what does this mean for parents considering homeschooling their children today? Simply put, and speaking from experience, homeschool children not only receive a well-rounded education but are equipped with the necessary social, emotional, and physical skills needed to thrive in the real world. 

In today’s society, the negatives override the positives. Don’t let any myths about homeschooling deter you from homeschooling your child.   

Now that we’ve debunked the homeschool and socialization myth before I address where and how homeschooled students can socialize. Let’s take a look at other common myths surrounding homeschooling today. 

Homeschool Myths 1 – 5

homeschool socialization ideas

Homeschooler Miss Out

A common misconception is that homeschooled students miss out on the public-school experience known as social norms or extra activities, such as science fairs, field trips, athletics, etc. The notion that homeschoolers miss out is simply not the case as presented in the article above and showcased in the homeschool community.

In fact, homeschooled students are given every opportunity to participate in extra activities and social activities beyond the scope of a brick and mortar classroom.  

Find out more about social activities here!

Continuing Education

Another question on my list from parents hoping to educate their child for the long haul is college?

  • How will my child be able to attend college?
  • Will my child even be able to participate in a university? 

homeschool socialization ideas

Absolutely! Yes, to all the above questions. Your child will be able to attend college and gain entrance to any University or Trade School of their choosing from the transcript you will create and provide for your homeschooled child. 

License to Teach

Although I am a certified educator in Texas, a teaching license is unnecessary for any parent who would like to educate their child at home. Rules and regulations vary from state to state. Most states require light record-keeping or, at the very least, state testing and state exit exam, but no certification or license is a requirement for in-home education. 

Find out homeschool law information here!

Missing Out

What social experiences will my child miss once homeschooled? I don’t want my children to miss out on experiencing any social rites of passage, such as sports, prom, pep rallies, graduation, school dances, guest speakers, etc. 

Homeschool socialization ideas

On the contrary, homeschooled children can experience these coming-of-age activities like their public schooled peers. Depending on where you live, homeschoolers have many opportunities to socialize in as many activities as they choose through local co-ops, meets up, and different social organizations throughout the country.

Currently, our local co-op organization provides every homeschooler with the opportunity to participate in a sport of choice and any social activity students choose. Homeschool social gatherings are free from peer pressure constraints and fostered at the hands of many parent volunteers joyfully encouraging positive social experiences for all students. 

Religious Preferences

Yes, most families indeed choose to homeschool their children to nurture their faith and family development. However, that doesn’t mean that families of secular beliefs are excluded from participation in homeschooling education of their choice. 

Homeschooling grants parents the opportunity to choose social circles, curricula and nurture their child’s development as social issues continue to change and shape the world around us. 

Reason #1000 as to why I homeschool my children is the village. When homeschool families educate their children at home, those families choose to design how, when, who, what, etc., the homeschool education process and experience will look like.

Simply put, homeschooling families leave the village and embrace the one and only. 

Now that we’ve established what some of the myths behind homeschooling are, how can homeschool families or students socialize? 

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Coming up with social activities for homeschool families is a no brainer. Think in terms of interests and hobbies. There are many ways homeschoolers can enhance their skills outside of the home. The question becomes a preference of personal choice. What do I like to do? In addition to family activities and church activities, here are several social options to consider for your homeschooler.

The Take-Away

Yes, homeschoolers have equal opportunity to socialize like their like-minded peers, if not more.

Remember, like their public schooled peers, homeschoolers will bloom socially each at their rate of development.

Take heart as a homeschool parent that you are blessed with the opportunity to grow and foster your child every step of the way.

Jaclyn

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