The Issue Of Socialization In Homeschooling

A brief article mentioning the issues and positives of socialization and homeschooling.

The issue of socialization in homeschooling comes up in almost every article and conversation at some point. A common definition for socialization is the adoption of behaviors and rules that allow a child to function in their society or culture. It is mistaken for socializing, which is more like playing and talking with other kids. Many people mistakenly believe that homeschooled children are kept isolated from others, which is not true in almost all circumstances.

By taking their children with them on errands and trips, homeschooled children are exposed to many relationships that exist within society. They get to interact with a wide range of ages and personalities. Once a person is out of a formal school environment, no one continues to interact with only people of the same age. Being able to learn socialization from people who love them is a wonderful positive.

Parents are a huge role model and influence in their children's lives. Being able to watch adults handle day-to-day responsibilities and emergencies is a learning experience. These lessons allow for children to learn how to react in situations without having to deal with the results yet. Frequently, older children help care for younger children and learn to handle other people with respect. Children learn the rules of their society by being with people of all ages and following their examples. Parents have the chance in these situations to reinforce what they consider to be the proper response or action.

Socializing is not forgotten. Most homeschooled children attend many of the same after-school groups and activities as public-schooled kids. Boy scouts, brownies and 4-H clubs are just a few of the ways children meet others. It is these types of activities that offer the real chance of making lasting friends since socializing in class is frowned on. Children learn to make friends with others of varying ages. Some might worry about their children missing school activities such as the prom. With so many more families homeschooling now, frequently parents set up dances for older children who want to take part in a common rite of passage.

Many families make regular trips to zoos, parks and other learning centers. Multiple families or homeschooling co-operatives frequently schedule events where families come together to socialize and learn. These are all excellent opportunities for socialization and socializing. Some schools allow homeschooled children to join school sport teams. Other cities have sports associations for homeschooled kids. It may take a little research to find group activities that your child is interested in, but the opportunities are there.

Parents who worry that their child is not growing socially should observe. One day he will not share any of his toys and the following week he is sharing everything. These children are truly becoming part of the world. They want to belong in the adult world, be competent and contributing members of society. By allowing children to be a part of the world is the only way it can happen.

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