Socialization Is A Benefit Of Homeschooling

By Chris Nesmith

Whenever the topic of family education faces, a question is raised to be sure – that of socialization. While even the most cynical skeptics can’t deny that there are several advantages of home schooling (such as children at home have better results in all areas than their public school or private) They seem to dwell on the social aspects of family education, standing by the mistaken belief that home schooling stifles a child’s ability to socialize.

It’s actually easy to see things from their point of view and to understand why they came to such hasty conclusions. The style of home schooling implies a lower teacher-student ratio (an aspect many regard as one of the best advantages of home schooling), which means that a home-schooler has more interaction with children his or her age compared to a child who goes to school, where the interaction is virtually inevitable in a classroom.

But while skeptics argue that keeping children away from a predominantly social setting stunt their socialization, the public school supporters insist that confining children to the school will allow them to better develop their social skills. In fact, these adherents believe that improving the socialization is yet another advantage of home schooling, even though it is often overlooked.

How is this so? To begin with, home-schooled children have their parents as their main influence, and not a peer group that could childhood (and probably more) distorts their values and perspectives, significantly delaying their willingness to confront the real world. Children from the school may allow more time to interact with their peers, but to confine socialization within a certain age group (and not very mature as that in).

The style of home schooling, on the other hand, gives children the chance to be influenced by people who know what they are like in the real world and whose priorities are passing on a good set of values, as opposed to Impose misconceptions of what’s “cool” and what’s not. What’s more, these kids get to interact with people of different ages, simply by staying in their parents’ protective wing, teaching them to socialize outside of their age group and allow for a broader, more mature point of view.

And indeed, to be educated at home doesn’t mean that a child can interact with his peers at all. There’s a lot of time to do that when the school and most of the day lessons were made. Concerns naturally come to the socialization of those who have never had any experience of home schooling to begin with. But those who are lucky enough to have dared to try knowing that socialization isn’t a problem have come to the realization that home schooling is just as effective social as the surrounding public and private schools.

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Life as a single, homeschooling mom & work at home parent

There are some days when I know that I’d be thankful to be in a relationship even though that’s not something that I’m actively seeking. However, I have 3 primary roles and to keep all of the plates spinning in the air at the same time sometimes becomes darn near impossible. I think this is why I’ve considered placing my daughter into a cyber school more than a few times and yet I don’t feel ready to do this. It’s not that this is not real homeschooling or that it wouldn’t make my life easier but I just don’t feel that it’s time for us to do this quite yet. Who knows what next school year will bring but we’ll handle that when we come to it. Why do I even bring this up then? Well, it’s because I just simply can’t keep up with everything that needs to be done during the course of the day. As a single parent, I’m responsible for everything that goes on inside of this house: cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc. As a business owner I’m the one that gets yelled at when my clients aren’t satisfied. As a homeschooling parent my daughter’s education rests primarily on me. With all of this in mind there are days when I feel as though I’m doing nothing, accomplishing nothing and just spinning in circles. It’s not that everything isn’t getting done but I miss having quiet time to just sit and vegetate. I look at my daughter and remind her how lucky she is to have this sort of time. So, does anyone have any tips so that I can get more R&R in my life before I burn out?



Tips for homeschool success

Fall is here and this is the time of the year when it’s a good idea to take a look at what’s going on in our homeschools. It’s also time to consider some new tips to make sure that your homeschool is a success. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Offer your children incentives for getting their school work and chores done promptly.
  2. When it is time for school do not work on anything else other than school. Do not even bother answering the phone during this time.
  3. Set boundaries and hold firm to them while you are doing schoolwork.
  4. Chores should be done before and after, NOT during, school time. Children should help with these chores.
  5. Spend at least one night a week watching a DVD together as a family.