As we get closer to the start of a new school year, we like many other parents start thinking about how we’re going to make this school year better than the last year. I want to ensure that I do all I can to make sure that my kids gain everything they need in life to succeed. I shared my truths in my Erasing Five Myths About Homeschooling post. I wanted to elaborate on the homeschooling myth about socialization a bit more.
My kids may not have the chance to play with kids on a five day a week schedule. That doesn’t seem to slow them down one bit when they do get to play on a playground with new kids. If anything, that helps them stand apart and be the born leaders I know they are destined to be. Every time I take them to a playground regardless when or where we go, they manage to form two teams with all of the kids there. Jimmy and Delbert compete against each other in some imaginary game and they always have loyal players on each other teams. They include EVERY kid on the playground regardless of age, sex, skin color, or size. All of the kids have a field day. It truly amazes me that they can do this because they AREN’T with kids on a consistent regular schedule.
Any time I have my kids handle business transactions for me on their own, I am always told how well-mannered they were. Now if I could figure out how to get them to do the same with me, I’d have it made! They are able to strike up a conversation with ANYONE with complete ease because they see all walks of life in the trips we make to town.
I assure you I don’t say all this about my kids to brag. They still make MANY mistakes when interacting with other kids, but that would happen regardless their school setting. I just wanted to showcase they are still learning the skills needed to socialize.
My homeschooling kids are not the only ones who break the homeschooling myths about socialization. I rounded up many other bloggers who shared their viewpoints on it too. They are all pretty close to the same, but most of them for different reasons and methods that they use to ensure that their kids are prepared for socializing with real world people.
Read what other bloggers have stated about the homeschooling myths about socialization:
“Many public school or non-homeschool advocates argue that homeschooled kids will not be given the chance to learn how to deal well with other people. They won’t learn and be tolerant of others’ differences. They argue that kids need to learn how to handle being picked last, standing up to others, sharing, rules, and social norms. Public school parents also want their children to have friends, to feel included, to have fun!” Be sure to read the rest of Katelyn’s standpoint on What’s Up Fagans!
“Children do NOT need to be in a public school setting to learn what they need to know to participate successfully in society.” Lisa at Farm Fresh has a lot more to add this topic.
“You know what I quickly realized? School is not intended for socialization. It’s not.” Crystal from Crystal and Comp brings up a valid point many people miss when they think of public school socialization. Be sure to read it.
What are your thoughts on this myth?