Many times there is a negative connotation between homeshcooling and social skills. Many homeschoolers have reported that when they told people they were homeschooled they are often met with the question “Did you have any friends?”. What is this assumption between homeschooling and a lack of social avenues? We believe homeschooling and social skills actually work hand-in-hand. Here is why being homeschooled can lead to an increase in your social skills.
Flexibility in homeschooling
Sitting in a classroom full of students all day only has a few socialization opportunities. Learning from home forces your child to be immersed in constant socialization throughout the day. Some people only define socialization as kids interacting with other kids. We’re not sure why. Any interaction, especially with adults, will increase your child’s level of social skills.
You get to control the influence
When your child goes to school they are influenced by their peer groups, teachers, and school environment. While some of these influences are great, some of them are bad. You have little to no control over what is influencing your child at school. However, at home you have full control. You get to decide who and what contributes to your child’s education just as much as you do over their social skills.
Get out of the house
Since you get to decide how your child is influence, you also get to decide what their experiences are going to be. If you want your child to adept to the world then you will need to take them out into the world. Sitting in a classroom all day doesn’t offer that. Experiencing the world is the key to becoming comfortable in the world.
There’s always Co-op
When all else fails, there’s always Co-op! Co-op in many cases can be the best of both worlds. You are able to homeschool your child but they also have an opportunity to make friends their age and learn with other children. This is also a great opportunity to build your community and support with other parents who share the same values and challenges. You can also meet other homeschoolers at libraries, churches, and online groups like Yahoo! Groups.
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