Homeschool Friends – Getting Social in Your Homeschool
The (Absurd) Socialization Argument
- buy groceries
- take food to a neighbor who had a baby
- mow an elderly neighbors grass
- visit grandparents
- check books out at the library
- deposit or withdraw money from the bank
- mail a package
- go to church
- serve in your community with a local food pantry or meals on wheels
- attend church
- play at the park
- the park – great chance to practice meeting new people, taking turns, leadership, and interacting with others you may not naturally “click” with
- church programs – Sunday school, Awana, VBS, and other church programs are a great way to interact with various people of your same age in a controlled setting like school
- park district program – great chance to meet other kids with similar interests from a variety of backgrounds
- classes – signing up for a class in art, music, gymnastics, Spanish, robotics, etc. is a great way to not only enrich your child’s education, but to interact with other kids
- co-op – there are many coops you can find searching online for other homeschools who want to do field-trips, playdates, classes, gym time, etc. with other kids
- camp – for those that want to give their kids a chance to develop some independence, they can sign up for summer camp to have an amazing experience with other kids
- serving together – kids will make friends with others who also have a heart for serving others
- groups – 4H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, choral, basket ball and band groups are all great ways for kids to have a chance to interact with others their age and develop friendships based on mutual interests
- play dates – arranging time to spend with a certain friend or family is a great way to foster deeper, authentic friendships that will last.
To be honest, a lot of homeschoolers find they focus so much on finding lots of fun socialization opportunities for kids that they over due it and eventually have to scale back. And again, thinking back to your relationships, is okay. Most adults interact with their family, those in their community, coworkers, and a couple close friends. Most of us don’t have the big, elaborate social schedule we think kids need!
My goal is to help my kids know how to navigate social situations they will encounter as an adult, to be respectful of all even if they don’t agree, to be able to carry on a conversation with people of all ages, and how to form deep meaningful relationships with others whose company they enjoy.