To be honest, homeschool socialization was a big concern for me before I truly understood the homeschooling process.
How will I make sure that my social butterfly is being fulfilled and that she fits into society?
It weighed on my mind until I came to a full understanding that I control what I do in homeschooling and how my child learns, including when to be with other kids in group learning situations like play dates or classes outside of the home.
If I want her to participate in the Wear Your Butterfly Wings to the Park day, we can do that. If I don’t want her to join the Cook Bugs From Your Backyard class, that’s OK too. (Because, HARD PASS on eating bugs for this family.)
What I’m trying to say is that you have full control, too.
If you’re like most homeschooling families, your kids will have a great deal of group learning opportunities outside of the home.
Not only that, homeschoolers actually have a more real-life version of socializing where they are with a group of kids of all ages and stages.
(If you think about it, being in a room with kids of your exact same age is . . . unusual. That will never happen again in life like it does in traditional school settings.)
In addition to our at-home learning, my kid also participates in these classes outside the home: drama, music, Spanish, and martial arts. We also do random free class offerings through museums and businesses, field trips, and play dates or meet ups. There are plenty of opportunities for my daughter to socialize throughout the week.
So, if you’re worried about homeschooling and social skills, don’t be!
(But, you should be worried about the exhaustion you’ll feel from running your kids to a million different homeschooling events.)
(Don’t say I didn’t warn you…)