Homeschool Question: Inquiring Mother Wants to Know..
(Mclemoreville , TN)
Homeschool Question and Socialization Concerns
Former homeschooled mom believes she would have been more social if she had gone to public school. What do you think? Share your thought to help!
I was home educated and I kinda hated it as a child. If I had never gone to public school it would have been different. However, my mother schooled me from 8th to 12th grade. I was smarter than the average high school children, but my social skills are not as I think they would be had I attended high school with lots of children. Could you help to educate me on how I would keep my children apart of society where their communication skills could continue to grow.Hi Tawonna,
There are lots of opportunities to connect with others when you homeschool. Some ideas are:
- Homeschool Co-ops
- Homeschool Enrichment Programs
- Community Centers
You will find lots of classes and programs for geared for children and teens of all ages. Some community centers even offer programs during the day specifically for homeschoolers.
- Local Churches
I posted your question to PEAH's Facebook Page and several moms responded with some great advice.
Rachel Clark writes:
"There are so many great groups, but I know it can be a challenge to find them. I know my sister chose local theater (little women, musicals); book clubs at their library; and she taught free/low cost elective
Our family tends to be quite social. Here are some things that have worked for us.
Joining a homeschool co-op, going on field trips with other homeschooling families, taking classes through a local homeschool enrichment program, taking classes in your community (ballet, theater, etc.), through a community center, or library.
Try to look for: Homeschool mom support groups, email lists, field trip groups, curriculum sales, conferences, or library events. These will usually have information on social opportunities. Activity groups are great for younger students. We looked for groups to fit our interests, needs, costs and core values. Not everything we tried, worked. I didn't list those."
To address your belief that you would've been more social if you would've attended public school:
Jennifer Maassen writes,
"Most homeshooled adults are quite glad to have been raised and educated this way. I don't know about your family dynamics or about the lifestyle your family followed, so I can only speculate that perhaps this had something to do with your feelings of social awkwardness. I don't know the reason for your feelings, but it is also quite possible that you are naturally shy and would have had trouble communicating with others regardless of your choice of schooling."
I hope this helps you, Tawonna!
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