How do I socialize my son if I'm homeschooling him?

My son is very quiet, we've had him evaluated by Early intervention and he's getting "services"...someone visits once a week and plays w/ him. He's behind in speech and comprehension skills. This may sound closed minded to some, but I want to raise my son within a christian environment. So a christian preschool or church or friends is wut I am looking for. I am so frustrated tho....I need help!

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oldfashionedgal

Asked by oldfashionedgal at 11:10 PM on Mar. 4, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I am in the same boat. Currently where I live they are offering online Public schools K-12 and I am going to do this when my son is of age in a year or so.
    You can homeschool, and keep in mind there are community groups you can join just for home schooled children, and they all meet up at a park or something so they still have that interaction with kids their age,
    I also think, school is not a social engagement. I don't think kids need to be more worried on their friends and clothes, more then schooling, so the home schooling avoids that as well as gives your child the attention they need, and you can be there to spot problems and make sure they are getting the correct stimuli.
    Good luck and I hope you figure it all out!!
    What state are you in, check online for online public schools and maybe think about that as an option...I am defiantly considering it myself and am excited to have my kitchen be the lunchroom LOL
    ItalianMomma04

    Answer by ItalianMomma04 at 11:15 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

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  • Check online for some local homeschool support groups. Some are secular but most are Christian. I love ours! I homeschool our kids (9, 7 and 2). Also, check some of the homeschool groups here on CafeMom. A lot of times you can find local groups from others in your area. Just look around a little, there is so much available on the internet for finding homeschool curriculums, local groups, finding out your state's laws/requirements. I was homeschooled and it was a lot tougher for my mom to find resources. She laughs because all I have to do is go online and I have pages of information. What takes me 2 seconds and a little typing used to take her hours in the library, on the phone and writing letters.
    momof3inTN

    Answer by momof3inTN at 11:40 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

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  • Look up Eagles nest.. i want to homeschool my son.. one day he is only 19 months. I would not allow yourself to compromise with Public schools or anything and you dont sound like you will.. but look for up Local christian Homeschool groups!! Hope this helps!!
    UAFwife

    Answer by UAFwife at 11:58 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

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  • I'm a homeschooler as well. The Happy Homeschoolers Group here on CM is very helpful --- you might want to check them out.

    As for socializing --- I can tell you from experience that your child will be BETTER socialized as a homeschooler than as a public schooler. First things first, look up the laws for your state at http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp. Then, get in contact with local homeschoolers.

    Great places to find local homeschoolers is through checking Yahoo groups & meetup.com & asking at your local YMCA, places of worship, library, scout troops, 4-H, youth sports leagues, martial arts/gymnastics/cheer gyms, community theaters, etc.

    G'luck! Feel free to message me with any questions, too.
    Laura1229

    Answer by Laura1229 at 12:45 AM on Mar. 5, 2009

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  • no you values are important to you and tha is ok it doesn't mean you can't let him go to public school because you are they person your child listens to most even if they don't look like they are but you could join a playgroup of other challenged children or just start taking him to the libarary for story time if you have an indoor pool at your local parks and rec you could take him there most kids love water my brother was socailly delayed and my mom treated him like normal and exsposed him to something new everyday it was slow but steady but now he is 17 and a great kid you would never have known that they thought he had ashburgers when he was 4( he didn't btw)
    lalasha

    Answer by lalasha at 2:43 AM on Mar. 5, 2009

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  • Check out meetup.com, you can find play groups in your area with moms that share your interest's.

    sammiesmom2000

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 7:59 AM on Mar. 5, 2009

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  • well, when you go to church on Sunday, talk to them about services that they may offer. I know some churches have a fun day care during services, so he may be able to interact somewhat in those. You can also post a letter in your church inviting moms/children, between certain ages to your house, say every saturday, to socialize etc.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 9:45 AM on Mar. 5, 2009

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  • You will have more options as he gets older. There will be things around like sports or other clubs that typically show up in school, but are also run by churches. Around here we have basketball and soccer leagues run by a small group of churches - the teams are made up of public, parochial and home schooled kids, and the leagues start as young is 5. They also have what's called "Happy Day Club."

    For right now I'd just check into some churches for play groups or daycare - it's possible they would let you bring your son to the daycare during playtime as long as you stayed there to supervise him.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:02 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

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  • home school is a great idea I home school what you can do is use all of your christian values and teaching in your school day as well as your bible, to socilize him with christians you can go to church groups and christian home school groups often seround yourself with the people who you want to be and want your children to be.

    Look around your town for groups

    Message me anytime!
    Joanne27

    Answer by Joanne27 at 9:02 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • Just keep an open mind about what his needs are. He is still preschool-aged according to what you say, and he is being provided with early intervention services, so he may need more specialized services.
    BJoan

    Answer by BJoan at 2:20 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

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