Socializing and Homeschooling - How do you socialize a homeschooled child?

One of the things that homeschoolers often hear is that their homeschooled child or children will not be "socialized." The public school setting seems to be the conventional way that kids make friends and engage in social behavior, but it is by no means the only way. And some would contend that public schools are not necessarily the best way to socialize, either.

Let's take a look at some of the ways you can help your homeschooled child interact with others and develop healthy friendships.

1. Community activities

Find out what's going on around you, and take part! Look into a local theater, choirs, clubs, group art lessons, and other activities. An excellent place to start is your local library - they are often at the hub of community events. The library has many activities, and some might have events specifically for homeschoolers.

2. Religious communities

Joining a church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious community can help your child connect with others. Many religious centers have group activities like choirs, game nights, camps, and other events.

3. Homeschool co-ops

Another good way to help your child foster friendships is to join a homeschooling co-op. These are groups of homeschooling individuals who pitch in to teach. They may even host field trips.

Community members can also participate - experts like firefighters, police officers, and others can contribute information and fun activities. Co-ops allow for a great variety of experiences and interactions.

4. Make field trips on your own

You don't have to be a member of a co-op to plan field trips. During the day, when public school kids are at their desks, you and your kids can visit a local museum and talk with curators.

Going to the store can be a learning experience. They can bring money to use their math skills.

5. Organize neighborhood events

If nothing is going on in your community, you can organize something! Maybe the neighborhood kids would like to get together to play or participate in a field trip.


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