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But What about Socialization?

Updated on December 5, 2013

But what about Socialization? The Question Homeschoolers face on a Daily Basis

When making the decision to homeschool, socialization is often one of the major concerns.

Many homeschooling families believe that public and private schools with their classes divided by age, low ratio of adults to children, isolation from the community, and contact with professionals limited to teachers and administrators to be an unhealthy and incomplete social environment.

They feel that their children need contact with people of diverse ages and backgrounds in a variety of contexts. They also feel that their children benefit from interaction with the community at large.

Unschooled children are often reported to be more mature than their schooled peers,and some people believe this is a result of the wide range of people with whom they have the opportunity to communicate.

Still, well meaning family, friends, and even strangers will ask But what about socialization? How do you respond?

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What is the most frequently asked question of homeschoolers? - What about Socialization?

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As homeschoolers we sometimes feel exasperated to be asked this question again. Haven't we answered it enough?

As concerned grandparents, community members and public school educators who care deeply for our children, it is one of the first questions that comes to mind.

If you are a parent of a homeschooler, how do you reassure the loved ones around you?

As a community member, what are your personal experiences with homeschooled children and do you believe that they are receiving enough socialization?

Should children be homeschooled?

Can homeschooled children get enough socialization?

The Longer children are homeschooled the better their social skills!

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Having homeschooled for years as well as taught in both public and private schools I came to realize that homeschooled children have the advantage when it comes to learning social skills. These children are in constantly changing social groups, dealing with people of all walks of life, of various ages and as a result they are poised and competent no matter who they are with.

Do you homeschool your children?

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We all get asked this question so many times that we want to tear our hair out. What is your response?

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Socialization Chat - How do you deal with the socialization issue?

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      deforst 4 years ago

      I don't know...that's why I'm here researching! Perhaps I'm vain but I think I'm the best person to teach my kids, especially as I have a vested interest in their success, but I have been worried about the socialisation factor...your lens has been very informative and given me alot to think about. Thank you!

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      selah74 5 years ago

      @evelynsaenz1: No problem.He probably has 20-30, but they can be hard to find, but here is a link to about 5...

      http://jewishworldreview.com/strips/mallard/2000/m...

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      @selah74: Thank you for telling me about Malard Fillmore. I had never read that comic before.

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      selah74 5 years ago

      There is a comic strip called Malard Fillmore about a duck news caster. He has the best homeschool jokes, and often references research to suport his coments.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Nicely presented topic. Even public schooling doesn't guarantee adequate socialization. Congratulations on having one of the top 35 homeschooling lenses.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      My daughter attended congregation meetings several times a week with close friends of every age group. She also volunteered in educational work in the community as well as in a local school. She took dance classes weekly. Our weekly shopping (which incorporated math, purchasing, and cooking education) gave her interaction with many people in the community. And school time certainly didn't take up all her time every day! Just like other kids, she spent lots of time with friends after school, sometimes at home, sometimes at their homes. She was one of the best-adjusted and gregarious kids I ever knew, and at 31, she's still a full-time people person!

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      MSBeltran1 6 years ago

      Great topic for a lens...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I desperately want to homeschool mine but my husbands puts his foot down. He said all the home school kids he ever knew are weird. I've never known any home schooled kids except one, and the parents were just weird to begin with. I think I will have to show him this lens. I'm not sure if I'm smart enough to homeschool, I'm not that good with math. I really should look deeper.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Joining groups of like-minded home educators and by sporting and other activities. Also, of course, home educated children have TIME to socialise.

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Great lens about a great concern. We homeschooled our two kids and they turned out just fine! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece to my lenses on homeschooling. Congrats on a great job!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Great topic. I'm sure that homeschooled children can get the right socialization as long as the parent recognized and addresses the need. I do think contact with kids their own age is important, but as has been pointed out, interaction with adults and older kids is equally important. My niece and nephew went to public schools, but their parents kept them involved in a social circle at home that included adults and so forth. There are very mature for their age and excell academically as well. In other words, my opinion is both environments can work if adquate attention is given to social needs. I think the worst scenario occurs when kids are left completely to their own devices and isolated from one group of the other regardless of where they are schooled.

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      George751 6 years ago

      It's interesting that this socialization question causes so much concern. After having homeschooled for several years and read about the topic, the concern in most cases is completely unnecessary.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Excellent job tacking socialization of homeschoolers.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @julieannbrady: Socialization time is a wonderfully enriching experience for homeschoolers and their moms. The loving, caring atmosphere creates children who grow into adults who are able to interact in positive ways with children and adults of all ages and all walks of life. Unfortunately the public school system is not equipped to be able to teach this vital skill.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Seriously YES, I wonder about the socialization factor for home school moms and kids!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am thankful that my children are grown and I did not have to make a decision to homeschool or not. I am afraid that I would not be disciplined enough to homeschool. My hat is off to the public school teachers and to the homeschool teachers.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Homeschooling here in the Philippines is slowly getting noticed. There is a yearly homeschooling conference being conducted by different homescool providers. Socialization? well,, its a usual question being uttered by un-knowledgable people, who just want to make an argument about homeschooling. they are not just empowered enough to raise their kids by their own hands. Socialization is more innovative in homeschoolers. They are "socialized" verticaly and horizontally. You just have to expose your kids to different programs and environment so that they could naturally socalize with people. http://www.homeschoolingfilipinokids.blogspot.com

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Homeschooling Group!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to spirituality] Thank you, Squid Angel!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I comment the parents that choose to homeschool and do it right, but there are some that opt out of the school system and then don't follow through. Their children end up suffering in the long run.

      Lizzy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Twitter Storm Group! - Kathy

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Interesting Twttrstrm! I don't know enough about homeschooling, either. I live behind an elementary school so I have never thought about this topic before. Let's see how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is my favorite homeschool-related question. Great topic for twitter. Love the lens! Blessings, my homeschooling friend!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      PS: Lensrolled to Homeschool FAQ!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Love this Twitterstorm, what a great topic! Too bad public school proponents don't realize how measly their forced socialization with mandatory age-mediated social groups is compared to having the real world to socialize in! Then maybe we could stop answering The Dreaded "S-word" Question! ;-)

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I think homeschooling is good as long as the child gets socialization elsewhere as I think that is an important aspect of life.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Home schooling, or educating at home, is a rarity here in the UK. However, I was interested to see the comments above. I don't know enough about it to be able to comment either way.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Home schooling, or educating at home, is a rarity here in the UK. However, I was interested to see the comments above. I don't know enough about it to be able to comment either way.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to a_willow] Thank you for introducing me to the new TWTTRSTRM.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Glad to see you get around new template! Great topic, Evelyn!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Great way to get homeschooling tips about a topic that is probably brought up with EVERY homeschooling parent.