Socialization – The Biggest Non-Issue in Homeschooling
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What about socialization? How do homeschoolers socialize? To be honest, this is one of those questions that most homeschoolers always seem to get. It’s really such a non-issue that it can be funny! Homeschoolers agree that socialization is a necessary and important part of the development of the whole child. But, the reality is that homeschoolers don’t lack this necessary element; it just comes in different shapes and sizes.
Homeschooling actually plays an important role in helping your children become confident, and socially mature adults. Ask any homeschool mom and she’ll tell you that homeschooling and socialization are a perfect match. Why? It’s simple, really.
Socialization is the act of being involved socially with others regardless of age. Well, that pretty much describes a typical day in the life of a homeschooling family, doesn’t it? We’re often out and about where opportunities for socializing happen naturally. We’re at the park and in the library. We’re visiting museums and historic sites. And, we’re shopping at the grocery store, sending packages at the post office, and volunteering at the soup kitchen. So, you see, homeschool socialization comes in all shapes and sizes.
How Do Homeschoolers Make Friends?
Strong friendships help kids get through life. Friends help celebrate victories, offer encouragement, and wipe away tears. So, where can homeschoolers make friends? Pretty much everywhere! And, homeschooling is continually growing, so more and more social groups for homeschoolers are popping up all over the place.
A common homeschool myth is that homeschooled students don’t have friends. On the contrary, homeschooled children are typically active kids. They’re often involved in a variety of activities where they can develop strong bonds with other kids. And, on the plus side, homeschooled kids often have friends of varying ages. And, they tend to form close bonds with adult coaches, co-op teachers, parents of friends, etc. Some social activities for homeschoolers might include the following:
- Online communities
- Co-op classes
- Play dates
- Library, park, zoo, and museum programs
- Neighborhood playgrounds and parks
- Summer Camps
- Music, drama, cooking classes and more!
How Does Homeschool Affect Social Skills
So how does homeschooling affect social skills? Studies show that the effects of homeschooling on socialization are positive. Kids are always observing. Kids observe how their parents and older siblings interact with others and want to be like them. And, without the stress of negative peer pressure, homeschoolers, especially middle schoolers, tend to have a healthier self-esteem and are more at ease in social settings.
Homeschooled kids are out and about in the real world much more often than traditional students. This is key. This broadens a child’s peer group and gives kids more diverse social learning experiences. These experiences empower kids. And, kids who feel empowered, dream big. They’re often more motivated to succeed academically, to positively impact the lives of others, and to give back to their communities. This is a definite win-win situation!
Homeschool Socialization Ideas
There are many social opportunities for homeschoolers. Look around your neighborhood and get to know the other families. Take turns hosting a weekly play date. Join a local homeschooling support group and gather for field trips and park days. Also, ask yourself, What are my child’s interests? There is bound to be a nearby club, team, or class to join. If not, brainstorm with your child.
Consider creating a new group or club. How about a mother and daughter cooking club? A father and son hiking club? If you still need a little more inspiration, consider some of these ideas:
- Individual and Team Sports
- Part-time jobs
- Library programs
- 4H Programs
- Volunteer opportunities
- Arts and crafts, drama, and cooking classes, etc.
- Homeschool days at museums, amusement parks, and nature centers
Social Benefits of Homeschooled Children
Often, when parents weigh homeschooling pros and cons, socialization is sometimes a concern. They wonder how homeschooling will affect their children’s social skills. Well, from what we’ve talked about so far, homeschooling typically strengthens a child’s social skills. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways homeschooling helps children socially:
- Shorter school days allow more time to work on hobbies
- No negative peer influences
- No bullying
- Many opportunities to interact with people of all ages and situations
- More real-world experiences for practicing social skills
- Develop into confident adults with a healthy self-esteem
Yes, ensuring that your children are socially capable does require time and effort, but the rewards are priceless. If you are considering homeschooling, you may be worried about socialization. So, we’re here to reassure you that homeschooling can help you to positively shape your children’s social skills.
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I live in Queens, New York and I am looking to home school my child (4th grade) as a coop group with other parents. I don’t know where to start but I would appreciate any feed back. Thank you.
Hi Paola! Our Homeschooling in New York page has some links for you to search for groups/co-ops near you, as well as links to homeschool associations in NY where you might be able to get directed to even more group/co-ops. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/new-york/
Hope that helps! Good luck as you get started. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support team if we can answer any additional questions! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
Hi I’m looking for a homeschool group in NY Long Island area
Hi Marzena! Here is a link to our Homeschooling in NY page. You’ll find links for homeschool groups and co-ops, but also for homeschool associations which may be able to point you in the direction of additional groups. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/new-york/
Hello, I’m looking for a homeschooling group in Oxnard CA
Hi Alejandro! Here is a link to our Homeschooling in California page: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/california/
There you’ll find links for groups and co-ops as well as state associations (which might be able to help you find even more groups). Hope that helps, and good luck! 🙂
Hi I’m looking for a homeschool group in Delaware
Hi! We do have some associations and groups listed here: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/delaware/
Hopefully that’s a great place for you to start! You’re also welcome to join our Time4Learning Families group on Facebook where you can connect with other Time4Learning members and homeschoolers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies
Hello!!I’m looking for a homeschool group in Clarksville, TN area or Fort Campbell, KY area (we live right smack on the state line! Lol). My student is in 6th grade. TIA! ❤️
Hi! We do have some associations and groups listed here: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/tennessee/
Hopefully that’s a great place for you to start! You’re also welcome to join our Time4Learning Families group on Facebook where you can connect with other Time4Learning members and homeschoolers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies
Im looking for a homeschool group in Macon Ga. My daughter is in the 6th grade. First time homeschooler.
Hi Christy! Thanks for stopping by. Here is a link to our Homeschooling in Georgia page: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/georgia/ There are links for homeschool associations and groups there, so it’s a good place to start!
Looking for homeschool groups in Houston texas
Hi Norma! This link can be a great starting point! It has lots of info about homeschooling in TX (there are sections that are specific to groups/co-ops, and associations). https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/texas/
Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions for you!
Looking for homeschool groups in Cincinnati, Ohio
Hi Martin! This page can help you get started in your search for local homeschool groups in Ohio: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/ohio/local-groups-co-ops.html
You’re also welcome to join our Time4Learning Families community on Facebook, where you can connect with other T4L members and homeschoolers and get local group recommendations. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies/
I am interested in several opportunities for my girls. Who are in 6th and 7th grades. I want them involved in sports, field trips, and summer camps. Is it to late to sign – up for Summer camp?
Hi Jaqueline. We don’t offer summer camps, but you may be able to find some locally. We recommend that you join local Facebook groups, and check with your library to find summer activities! 🙂
We also have these state pages for homeschoolers, you can look for associations and groups here: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/by-state.html
Please also use these field trip guides (we have one for all 50 U.S. states!) for inspiration: https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tag/field-trips/
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Is there any articles that we could offer my grandson’s father about homeschooling benefits.. My grandson, 5 yrs old is enrolled in time4learning…he is a “victim” of custody orders. His father needs articles that point the BENEFITS of homeschooled teacher over private and public attending students. I have read that homeschooled students perform higher on SAT tests for college.
Hi Anna! We edited your comment before publishing, to remove private information (child names and cities). Here are some links you might find helpful, in addition to the blog post you commented on. 🙂
Benefits could be subjective and will vary based on the needs of different families. We encourage you to connect with other homeschoolers to chat with them about the benefits for their family! Please feel free to read through older posts on our parent forum, http://www.time4learning.net, or join our active community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies
Hello, I am looking for homeschool groups in Brooklyn, NY. Can anyone assist?
Hi Ronela. Thanks for stopping by! Here is our Homeschooling in NY page. There are links there to help you find groups and co-ops, as well as homeschool associations that could also help direct you to local groups. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/new-york/
Looking for homeschool group in Lamar or Pearl River County, Ms.
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! Here is our homeschooling in MS page, which has links to groups/co-ops, associations, and more. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/mississippi/
If you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
Looking for homeschool groups in the Tehachapi, Ca. area.
Hi Derek! Here is our homeschooling in California page where you’ll find links to help you locate groups/co-ops, associations, and more. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/california/
Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions! 🙂
Looking for homeschool groups in Tipton county, TN
Hi Sharon! Here’s our Homeschooling in TN page. There is a lot of good info here, and you’ll find links to help you locate groups/co-ops, associations, and more. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/tennessee/
Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions!
Could I get a link for springfield/dayton area in ohio please
Hi Brittany! Here is our Homeschooling in Ohio page which does have some links for different state groups/associations. It’s a good starting point! 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/ohio/
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you still have questions! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
Can someone send me a link for Milton/lewes Delaware? Thanks
Hi Kerry! You can find information about state laws, homeschool groups and co-ops, field trip ideas, and more here: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/delaware/ 🙂
Hi!! Can you sent me a link for homeschooling group In Texas?
Hey there! This link can help you get started in your homeschool group search. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/texas/local-groups-co-ops.html
I am in pelahatchie ms I am trying to get in homeschool group for my boys. We are very new at homeschool. We would like to go on field trips, sports ECT.
Hi Catherine. Thanks for stopping by! Here is our page all about homeschooling in MS. You can find links to groups and co-ops, links to field trip ideas, and more. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/mississippi/
I’m in the Hudson Valley of NY and new to homeschooling. I worry about socialization for my children during the pandemic. Any ideas?
Hey there. That’s a common concern that many homeschoolers are experiencing right now. There are a lot of ways that people can continue to connect virtually. We recommend joining online communities, like our Time4Learning Families group on Facebook, where you can get tips and ideas from others who are navigating through the same concerns. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies
I should mention that we are in Iowa, and anybody that has information on groups or sites regarding I’m screwing in the Des Moines County District , especially looking for local groups, Thank you all again!
I am brand new to homeschooling… And actually we have not even started the school year, And where I live, I honestly couldn’t tell you if I know any homeschool children it’s not a popular choice I guess, we do Have some very highly rated public schools and we love them, so I am very VERY knew to this! I have four children one graduated last year and is in college this year, my oldest daughter is doing a hybrid choice as a sophomore where she will go two days a week… either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday , on the off two days she has to do homework and all schooling online at home, and then no school on Fridays. (Confusing as heck right?!) Needless to say I knew that option would not be fitting for my younger two immediately With that hectic and huge amount of rules and restrictions and changes but on so rapidly. with that hectic and huge amount of rules and restrictions and changes but on so rapidly. My 10 Yr old daughter will do the 100% virtual district schooling Option. She will be doing the exact same work as her peers at school but everything online. And then there’s my littlest one, Oliver…he will be in first grade. I’ve decided to (I”THINK!”) homeschool him and have no connections to the district, As in having any teacher assistance, in person conferences, it’s fully Opt-Out. It’s crazy that I have three different kids doing three completely different things I know, but believe me, Their personalities could not be more completely different than each other’s their personalities could not be more completely different than each other’s! As for my son, I am DESPERATELY seeking any and all advice. Advice on whether or not I’m making the right decision, advice on what curriculums I should choose, well, advice on everything regarding homeschooling! There’s so much information out there I had a spinning! SOOO…when he was in 4 yr old Pre-school, cone conference time,they told me that “he is completely silent at school, always . I was floored!! I dead serious had to make them double check that they had the right “Oliver“. I own in home daycare and he’s grown up with several of the daycare buddies, we are VERY social, outgoing and talkative family. I know these teachers pretty well as teachers of my other children, and as friends outside of school quite a bit so have seen things like videos I posted on Facebook or Snapchat and He didn’t Oliver in person at some events he didn’t Oliver in person at some events they agreed that it was completely opposite of how he acted at school, Although they also said we would love to have 26 “Olivers” that would be a dream come true! He stayed pretty closed and completely non-social that whole preschool year, and through the first three months of kindergarten. And then BOOM! He opened up and started playing with other kids, having “best friends”, talking about his friends etc. etc. Not so much talking in class but talking when he is supposed to, like playing or free time etc.(I should have mentioned he did speak when the teachers asked him questions or call Don him) he broke through this social anxiety just about a year ago, and NOW I’m choosing to keep him home this year? Am I crazy?! Am I hindering his progress? I don’t know if he’s going to regress when I send them back to public school, (as of now that is my plan for next year I “THINK.”) …will he forget that social skill, will he have that anxiety again? Or was that just a bump or a phase that he had to get over and it’s done and over with forever? On top of all of the other million questions I have regarding curriculum choices and schedule planning , heck even down to “what’s the best planner I should purchase?” I would be forever grateful if anyone had advice or opinions on this for me that is or has been in my position, or is just familiar with it even. And a huge huge thank you to all of you who have read this ridiculously long message, ♀️ and anyone that has any opinions and responses!
Hi Taccoa! We understand being nervous and overwhelmed, and please know that you aren’t alone. Many families are struggling with the same decisions! We’d recommend joining an online community, like our Time4Learning Families group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies), where you can connect with other homeschoolers and parents. Being able to give/receive support and encouragement is so important right now.
In response to your other comment, here is a page about homeschooling in Iowa. You’ll find links for laws in your state, homeschool associations, groups and co-ops, and more. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/iowa/
Good luck. You’ve got this! 🙂 Please feel free to reach out to us with additional questions.
Hi! I’m new to homeschooling and need to information regarding curriculum and finding groups and co-ops.
Hi Jill! We have a page that can help you find information about homeschooling laws, groups and co-ops, and more. Just choose your state and get started! 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/by-state.html
Good luck and please let us know if we can help!
Hi, will be new to homeschooling in Georgia. Looking for homeschooling help and groups in Decatur or Atlanta, GA. Thanks.
Hi Rae! Welcome to homeschooling! 🙂 Here is our page on homeschooling in GA: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/georgia/
You will find more info on laws and requirements, homeschool associations, groups, and more. Good luck! Please let us know if you have additional questions or need help getting started! 🙂
I need Washington state home schooling for my grandson and my self. I have some college
Hi Sherrie! Here’s some great information about homeschooling in Washington that can help you get started. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/washington/
I’m interested in learning about co ops, associations and groups for homeschooling in Louisiana. I want to ensure my 13 yr old has the best opportunity to meet new friends!
Hi Amanda! Here is a link to our Homeschooling in Louisiana page. You’ll find links for groups and co-ops, but you’ll also see links for homeschool associations in your state. They may be able to help you find additional groups near you. 🙂
I’m intereted in co-ops for Murfreesboro TN area (middle Tennessee)
Hi Kristina! Here is a link for our Homeschooling Tennessee page. You will find suggestions for groups and co-ops, but you’ll also find links to homeschool associations in your state. They may be able to direct you even further. 🙂
M child has medical issues
Hi Bonnie. Thanks for stopping by. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions we can try to answer. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
Looking for local group in NC Charlotte area
Hi Yolanda! Here is a link to our Homeschooling in NC page, where you can find links to help you find associations, groups, co-ops, and more. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/north-carolina/
We are looking to remove our child from the regular school program. She has dyslexia and are concerned about finding the proper resources to help her. Also, we would appreciate any information on local parent organization in the South Brunswick,NJ area. Her age is 12, and supposed to be going into 7th grade.
Hi Henrietta! Thanks for your interest. Here are a couple of links that can help you get started.
Homeschooling in NJ (you will find information and links re: state laws, groups and co-ops, associations, and more) – https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/new-jersey/
Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/special-needs/dyslexia/
We’d also like to invite you to join either/both of our Facebook communities. You can connect with other T4L members and homeschoolers!
Interested in learning about homeschoo co-ops CT any suggestions?
Hi Kristine! Thanks for stopping by! Here is our Homeschooling in Connecticut page, and that does have a link to a homeschool groups and co-ops page. So it’s a great place to start! 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/connecticut/
We also have a very active community on Facebook that you can join to connect with other T4L members and homeschoolers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies
I live in sr mo what co ops are avail? My 6 year old child missed autism testing due to covid, he’s pretty hard to say autistic, but some people do ask. Is homeschool right for us, who do I ask?
Hi Nicole! Homeschooling is a great option for so many families. We’d recommend that you check your state laws first, so you have a good understanding of what your state expects of homeschoolers. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/by-state.html
Then, we’d like to invite you to download this free ebook, a Welcome to Homeschooling guide. It has a lot of great info! https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/how-to-homeschool.shtml
Finally, we have a very active community on Facebook, if you’d like to join that you can connect with other T4L members and homeschoolers. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies/
Good luck! Please let us know if you have additional questions!
I am located in the Gig Harbor WA area and am looking to find Homeschooling community for my kids who are 11 and 13
Hi Vanessa! Here is a link to our Homeschooling in WA State page: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/washington/
In it, you’ll find a link with more info about homeschool groups and co-ops. There will also be a link for homeschool associations, and any of those may be able to provide local group information as well. 🙂
looking to reach out for co-ops near attleboro Massachusetts for my son to socialize with children his age or mental age (autistic) once the covid19 is over
Hi Jessica! Thanks for stopping by. Here is a good place to start, in looking for some homeschool groups and co-ops: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/massachusetts/local-groups-co-ops.html
Hope that helps! 🙂
I have been wanting to pull my 6 almost 7 year old out of private school and home school due to his fast pace and interests that run past those of his class he often gets in trouble. With the new corona virus it was a perfect opportunity. He is an only child and I’m concerned with 1. how to help him socialize and 2. how to help him make the transition either later this spring or most likely in the fall? Any advice, resources? We live in small rural Vermont
Hi Paula! Thanks for your interest. Here are few links that can help you get started:
We’d also recommend that you join our Time4Learning Families group on facebook, as it’s a great way to connect with other Time4Learning members and homeschoolers. You can find others near you and/or similar situations, find support and advice, and more. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies/
having a lot of trouble getting my 15 year old to get out of bed to do her work need help
Hi Brooke! We’re sorry to hear you’re struggling. Here is a blog post with some advice: https://www.time4learning.com/blog/experienced-homeschooler/10-ways-to-motivate-students-to-learn/
We also have a very active group of Time4Learning families and homeschoolers we’d like to invite you to join. With so many families, you’ll hopefully get some good suggestions and tips for motivating your teen! https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies/
So I was bullied…tormented…for years before I was put on independent study in 10th grade. I went from a straight A GATE student to failing miserably. Going from public school to home was a lifesaver really. But that’s my experience. My husband had a rather average educational experience (socially anyway, his father was the science teacher though, so I imagine that’s remarkable in itself).I have two children. My 13 year old son is doing fine in both grades and socially. My 11 year old is having a very difficult time with bullying and his grades have been dropping steadily this year as a result and he is becoming increasingly depressed and anti-social. We are heavily considering homeschooling for him. Is it the answer to all problems? No, it isn’t. But can it help him regroup and rediscover his love of learning? Absolutely. Thank goodness the resources are so much better today that they were when I was that age.Education is subjective and relative. It all depends on the child’s needs. In the end we need to choose what’s going to be best for them in their educational goals.
We’re definitely sorry to hear about your bullying, Jessika, but we really appreciate you sharing your experience! While homeschooling may not be a good fit for all families, it’s definitely a solid choice for many. We wish you much success on your homeschooling journey. If we can help you get started or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
I have a wonderful Inter Generational Volunteer Opportunity in Monmouth and Ocean Counties…. through non profit Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey…. We connect a young person with their adult mentor – to visit elderly who have dementia in their home or adult day center – learn their life story and share the music they loved when they were young. Its a beautiful experience for all! See PBS piece on the pilot program – https://www.pbs.org/video/njtvnews-music-helps-bring-back-memories-elders-dementia/
Whether or not you’re homeschooled has nothing to do with how outgoing you are. I spent my entire life in public school and I was never bullied, but I am a socially awkward introvert. Also, just because you’re in public school doesn’t mean you’re social or active in extracurricular activities! Some kids just show up, then go home. I think public school kids and home school kids both have the potential to be social or not and I hate that people think one schooling method is one way and the other is another way.
Thanks so much for stopping by and chiming in, Natasha! 🙂
Hello, I am the Administrative Assistant II/Trade Book Purchaser for Missouri State University’s Bookstore. April 18, 2020 we are hosting our first Bears Annual Book Festival, benefiting the Ozarks Literacy Council. The Ozarks Literacy Council is a non-for-profit charity that provides free tutoring in reading and writing for children and adults in southwest Missouri. Our festival is free and open to the public. Parking in our yellow and blue lots (unless specifically noted) is free over the weekends. April 18th is a Saturday we will open at 11:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. The festival will be held at and around the Plaster Student Union. There will be volunteers all over campus helping families find their way. Bears Annual Book Festival will have authors from Missouri and Arkansas, other special guests, Scholastic books to buy, a reading room, and a silent auction. Our local Society of Creative Anachronisms (SCA) group, the Shire of Oakheart, will provide a sword fighting demonstration and offer other demos of what you can do in the SCA. The SCA is a historical reenactment group that recreates life of pre-seventeenth Europe. We hope that all your families will be able to attend. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Thanks for making sure our readers know about this event, Clyta! 🙂
I’m not sure I agree about the socialization part, being better off? There’s are several adults I know that were home schooled. Most of them have been a bit socially awkward, some extremely so. I think public school, being exposed to certain negative things are good, not bad. Life is not easy, nor is it always positive, and they should have to learn to deal with those things. If they’re sheltered from this, they will not have the tools to deal with these things as an adult. I was bullied badly as a child from about 10-13 years old. But I eventually stuck up to my bully(s), and it ended. There’s been sever situations as an adult where I definitely thing the bully helped me in a way. We all want to protect our children, but I think in this case it hurts them more than helps them.
I disagree, I cannot see how being bullied for three years can be an advantage in any manner for your education if it was happening at school and interfering with your education and self esteem. During that time frame you were held back and not able to reach your full potential for that age. Imagine how much more you could have achieved without the being bullied.On that same note if you think homeschooled children do not face difficulties or how to deal with bullies you are wrong. Being bullied is not unique to the classroom/school it can happen anywhere. One of my children was bullied routinely by several adult couches until they stood up to them. The advantage of homeschooling though is the child can get their education without dealing with this situation distracting them.
Thanks for taking the time to weigh in, Donna!
There is no situation that is more ideal than the other.. it is all very relative. At the end of the day the parent just needs to their child and what environment he/she will thrive best in. I homeschool 2 for my children for 4 and 5 years. I initially took my son from school because he was being bullied for a stutter he had. While being homeschooled, they were often exposed to many of the social engagement suggestions listed here. My son also had a speech therapist. Both my children integrated back into school in high school and both a straight A students, both are annoyingly popular, (meaning they have socially adjusted almost too well lol). My son is also applying to several UC and private universities to attend next fall. So again, there is no wrong or right… only what is best for your child and finding the best way to do it.
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts/experiences, Yeloe! 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, Roy. Many parents have discovered that even while homeschooling, their children are still exposed to different social situations. Homeschool co-ops, additional classes and clubs (like 4-H or Scouts), athletics, etc., all provide students with an opportunity to interact and engage with others outside the home.
Homeschool sounds like it might be ideal for the family that can afford it. Most families are not in the financial situation nowadays to have one parent supervising and teaching their children full time at home. Each family’s situation is unique where homeschooling may be more of a necessity than a luxury. I say most parents are not really equipped financially, emotionally or educationally to homeschool their children for an extended period, full time formal education.
As a homeschooling parent, I don’t know that I would say it’s ever a “luxury.” Often, it is out of necessity like you mentioned. Often it’s simply a choice, and one that parents make fully aware that it will be harder than just sending their kids to school. But we make that choice because we want what’s best for our kids.
Financially, we made it work. We went from two incomes to one. We paid our bills, but we had to cut a lot of corners. There were times my husband would come home from work and my son and I both would be crying in separate parts of the house because we struggled with school that day.
It took us a little while to find our groove and truly become comfortable with homeschooling, but we have never had any regrets. With every hurdle (and honestly, there haven’t actually been as many as naysayers expect), we still knew we made the right choice for our family.
I don’t feel like I *have* to be educationally equipped to teach everything. That’s why we use curricula like Time4Learning, because it teaches/instructs for me. I’m there to help if they get stuck (by help, I mean turn to the internet, lol), encourage them to find solutions, etc. It’s worked out.
Homeschooling may not be the right choice for every family, but it definitely is for many.
So we do get a HIGH SCHOOL DOPLOMA and we get grades like in a real school ?
Hi Talecia! Time4Learning is a curriculum not a school and the parent, as the teacher of record, issues the high school diploma. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but each state has their own homeschool laws and graduation requirements. You can look for your state here: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/state_homeschooling_info.shtml
Time4Learning does have scored activities and tests/quizzes. Parents can print score reports and use those scores on transcripts and/or in grade books.
If you have additional questions, or want more information, please feel free to reach out to our customer support team! 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
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