I was just reading the answers to the Homeschooling questions and I'm reading the same arguments on both sides that I always do.
I have known a number of families who homeschooled. And I currently know one with children in "homeschool." Beyond church these kids are not ever spending time with other children. They are not learning how to deal with bullies, people of other beliefs or how to work in a group. That that I have known in the past (who were my age) had similar issues. One of the families had 7 children, they of course had one another, but they still weren't involved in anything beyond family and church.
Now, my children are 4 & 5, and are home full time because I am a SAHM. IF I were to homeschool, they would still be home full time. So the only thing I can assume is they would follow the same pattern of no-socialization that they have so far. I feel for my kids, they don't have neighborhood kids around, so they just have each other.
So here's my thing. I keep hearing from parents that homeschooled children are very social. My question is HOW? How are they so social when they are home alone all day? To me, siblings don't count as socializing.
I love my children and they are the best of friends. But they are not socialized simply because without school or daycare, there is not an option for socialization... So how is it that homeschooled older children are any less alone than younger children who are not in daycare?
Asked by Anonymous at 1:04 PM on May. 4, 2011 in Parenting Debate
Answer by JoLee12345 at 1:09 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by tnm786 at 1:06 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by luckysevenwow at 5:51 PM on May. 4, 2011
I have to wonder if you live under a rock, anon. How is the park and the library NOT open to anyone? Also, there are homeschool groups all over the country, but not being a homeschooler why would you need to know about them? We don't feel the need to publicize to people, our group grows just fine by word of mouth throughout the homeschool community.
Answer by scout_mom at 1:15 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by tnm786 at 1:22 PM on May. 4, 2011
Homeschooler often socialize through co-ops, groups of homeschooling families that get together weekly for classes or fun time. There are also other groups to join, my kids are in Girl Scouts, community theater and 4-H. We also do volunteer work with the local animal shelter. I think it's funny how so many people automatically assume that homeschooled kids don't socialize and that public school kids do. I have worked in public schools - the kids can't talk to each other in class, at lunch or while in line. They are limited to "socializing" for 15 minutes a day at recess, unless of course they are sitting around and not getting enough exercise, then we had to tell them to get up and move around. My now homeschooled kids have a lot more social interaction with all ages of people than they ever did in public school.
Answer by scout_mom at 1:11 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by ItsMe89 at 1:28 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 6:29 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by scout_mom at 1:19 PM on May. 4, 2011
Answer by tnm786 at 1:24 PM on May. 4, 2011