Socialization of a homeschooler: how to find enough

Almost every article on homeschooling touches this issue in one way or another – kids’ socialization. This stereotype that children are sitting shut in a building during school hours is likely to be the most common one. At the same time, the parents are repeating that homeschooled children get even more social than those attending public schools. The same is stated in a Canada-based research published by the Washington Times (December 13, 2009). The authors believe home schooled children not only show good results during childhood, they also show better performance on the labor market and are more active when it comes to voting.

Many critics say the communication with the children of the same age is necessary. But who are those kids, the homeschooling enthusiasts ask. Socialization via different sports and hobby groups provides communication with the associates instead of a random set of people. They go into different spare time activities from dancing classes to language schools. Also, such children often communicate with people of different age as they travel with parents in different daily matters from just a lunch in a park to meeting with different occupation assignees. Besides that, parents practicing home education often try to communicate with each other, thus, their children can have some time together, as well.

And in terms of tasks, there is no need to resort to a paper writing service like, as the parent is the only or one of the small circle of persons checking the results. This doesn’t mean the quality is not important. It is the opposite usually – learning itself becomes the goal, not the formal grades. However, this may result in a lack of competition spirit, the critics say. Again, this does not involve college, and the person will hand a term paper to someone he or she doesn’t now during the first year.

Maybe, this does not fit everyone, but home education, just like any other, has its pluses and minuses.  Talking to large groups of people every day feels different to every person and the best a parent can do is to fit the education process to personal needs of a child.

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