But What about Socialization?
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!
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?
The Social Benefits of Homeschooling
- John Holt: Unschooling
After teaching for several years John Holt realized that children learn best when the are learning what they want to learn. He then went on to write many books about Homeschooling, started the magazine Growing Without Schooling and coined the term "
Homeschooler's Socialization Question Jokes - What about Socialization?
We all get asked this question so many times that we want to tear our hair out. What is your response?
- What About Socialization? - A to Z Home's Cool Favorite Jokes
Oh, I know what you mean! That's why we're homeschooling, for the socialization! Joke from your Milpitas and Homeschooling Guide, Ann Zeise.
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