I am so excited to be a part of the Annual Not Back to School Blog Hop with the Homeschool Review Crew! This year I decided that I wanted to answer questions that were asked about homeschooling.
I asked on my personal Facebook page what people wanted to know about homeschooling. There are so many bad stories in the news about homeschooling, I wanted to help show that we are not all like that, and love that I am able to answer some questions that many people outside of the homeschooling community might have.
The first question, which is a dreaded question by homeschoolers, socialization. How do you socialize your kids? Only, it was also mentioned about how your kids will learn to deal with personalities that they can not avoid. While we have all been asked at least once about how we socialize our kids, it never occurred to me about how others would think about this, especially when it came to learning how to deal with other personalities on a regular basis.
How We Do It
Socialization does not have to include learning how to deal with a classroom full of kids the same age. Socialization can come when you and your kids go to the grocery store. They can learn how to talk with other people at the store. Not only that, but socialization can come when you go to family outings, your kids are running around and socializing with everyone around you.
Anytime we are outside of our house, we are socializing with the people around us. We don’t have a set time, or plan, we just do it.
Learning to Deal with Different Personalities
This happens right at home half the time! Haha! With 6 people in the house, we are all different. The kids start to learn how to deal with different personalities from day 1. That is true for everyone, homeschool or not. We all have to learn to deal with our family and their personalities.
This also takes place when we get our kids involved in extracurricular activities. Just like public school, homeschool kids love being active with different things. There are homeschool co-ops, sports, and more. In the state of Minnesota, our kids are allowed to play sports in the school district we report to each year. That means any activities that are available to the public school kids, our kids have the option to join in as well.
While we have not done that, we have done religion classes, martial arts, and dance. Being in these activities, my kids are meeting with other kids at least once a week. They have to learn to work together to have a great outcome. If they don’t get along with someone, they have to find a way to handle it so that, like in dance, they can have a great recital at the end of the year.
We Socialize, Just Differently
So, all in all, even though we homeschool, our kids are socializing. In everyday life, and in the activities they chose to be in. They are learning to socialize with kids their age, older kids, and adults. They have to work together as a team and learn to deal with people they may not like. We don’t sit in a classroom full of kids the same age, but we are active with our community and learning to be great citizens that work alongside each other.
Come back tomorrow and I will share about testing!
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