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Here is your first video, which is all about the question I get asked most about homeschooling: “What about Socialization?”
I hope you enjoy it and hopefully it alleviates your concerns about this topic. If you have specific questions or just want to see if homeschooling is right for your family, please schedule a time to talk with me personally either in person or on the phone.
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My name is Christine Allen, and I am the owner of Reading Escapades & Math Explorers. I am also a veteran homeschooling mom of 15 years, with children in high school, middle school, and preschool!
Before we look at ways to socialize your children if you choose to homeschool, let’s examine the lie we are lead to believe about socialization and schools.
First, ask yourself this question: “Do you socialize with only people who are your exact same age who live very close to you?” No, you don’t. You socialize with a wide variety of people, and you have friends based on your interests. While not every child is focused on just other students in his/her grade, most children won’t talk to younger or older students. This type of behavior isn’t true socialization. Homeschooling allows your children to socialize correctly. Not only do they get to interact with a much wider variety of people, you can control who they interact with as well. There are so many different places to go with your children and have them interact that the real problem as a homeschooling parent is often that you socialize too much!
So where does all this interaction take place? Here’s a quick example list:
2) Scouting Groups
4) Environmental Centers
6) Bowling Leagues
7) Local Team Sports (note: in Pennsylvania, all public schools MUST allow homeschool students to participate in any after school activity such as sports or drama)
10) Reading Escapades & Math Explorers! We have both classes and camps for all students regardless of where they get their education.