Not according to my friend Dora! Here is her story. The reason I am telling it is because I was curious how home schooling effects their three kids.
She sensed my scepticism and destroyed the myth that home schooled children are poorly socialised. I believe her insights will be useful for you too!
Dora’s kids 8, 11 and 15 have been home schooled their entire lives. In her view, depending on your resources, home schooling can be a great option.
In different countries and states where home schooling is allowed, you can get a lot of support. A lot of people worry about their kids’ social life, but here is what her experience shows.
There are various ways of socialisation and besides, kids find it so easy to meet and play with other kids.
Everything happens naturally and the kids can choose who they want to play with and will definitely not miss having to stay 8 hours a day in a classroom with a bunch of bullies.
Here are her suggestions:
Use Meetup and Yahoo Groups to find other home schooling families in the area.
The families bond, have activities together weekly, and have play dates. This also allows the parents who are great in a subject to share that expertise and teach all the kids in a classroom style manner.
Plus, the kids get friends who are living a similar life, going on field trips, and having the traditional sleepovers, etc. that kids in school get.
Participating in local youth sports is another great way to make friend, interests like; baseball, football, soccer, martial arts, dance, etc. When I was a kid, you signed up at school.
Each activity gives the kids a team of new friends to bond with over a shared activity. These friends then fall into the normal routines of play dates, birthday parties, etc.
Scouting – until kids get tired of it, they can join in troops doing all the scouting activities, and make new friends.
Churches are perfect for the socialisation of children with a lot of Sunday activities and church camps. Not only you can be sure that your kid is going to be treated well by other kids, but you can have peace of mind that they will engage in some pro-social and positive activities.
Workshops - Dora’s eldest son took a robotics class at a local university in their “summer camp” program (for kids). He met other kids who like what he likes.
The Neighbourhood, they meet, play, and do all the normal things.
Family and personal friends - kids know their cousins, and the children of their parent’s friends. As long as you get together often, the kids will get to play.
Long term travel – When you home school your kids, you can also do so on the move.
Long term travelling with your children will create thousands of memories.
You will share numerous unforgettable moments and all because you didn’t have to take into consideration their school schedule.
More and more people are taking up life on the road. Latest stats reveal that nearly 1 million Australians are full-time RV-ers. According to an infographic by professional removalists from Melbourne, couples travel 45% of the time with their kids and 66% of these couples have 1 or 2 kids whom they home school.
Bottom line is socialising is easy. It’s reflexive to think that “Not going to school means not being socialised.” but the truth is kids can have more than a classroom of peers to interact with, and a schedule full of fun like any other kid. The education side of it is the harder challenge.