Yesterday, we talked about connecting with others as you homeschool. The question about socialization will stay with us forever. Even though homeschooling has grown in numbers, some people remain ignorant and/or skeptical. Therefore, you need to be prepared to answer that question. Presenting your schedule with grace will help. Hopefully they will leave you alone after that.
Our children learning to socialize during tae kwon do practice.
In this talk, I present many ways to socialize your homeschooled children. In no particular order, here is the list:
During the Olympics, Walmart ran a back-to-school commercial using “Here I Go Again” – a song from the 80s by hard rock band Whitesnake. As I listened to the lyrics, I could not believe my ears. Walmart was making my point for me: going to school is a lonely road. You are alone even though you may be surrounded by a group of children. What ABOUT socialization?
School socialization is focused on clothes, loneliness and pairing up.
Socialization is used as an excuse by many parents who send their children to school. In fact, I heard it put this way: “For the rest of their life, they will live surrounded by people. So we must send them to spend several hours a day in a place where they are surrounded by people.” The French go as far as sending their babies to daycare at three months in the name of “living in a collective.” Continue reading »