Answering the homeschool socialization assumption: Kids will be isolated

Homeschoolers playing soccer in a PE class.

Homeschoolers playing soccer in a PE class.

In my previous article, some of the underlying assumptions were exposed that are behind the question, “If you homeschool, how will your children be socialized?”

The first assumption is fairly easy to address.

  1. Teaching children at home means that the students will be isolated with “just” mom, dad, and the siblings and won’t have opportunity to interact with others.

Typcially, parents who educate their children are very concerned about not letting them miss out on the social activities that the public school children have available.  The homeschoolers will seek out activities within the community such as sports, music lessons, drama, Latin club, church groups, and whatever else is of interest to the students.  If they don’t find what they need in the broader neighborhood, parents will create their own social groups. 

Within Maricopa County, you can find over 100 homeschool support groups[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] with a wide range of activities.  Some have regular park days, other have classes such as PE, Art, History, Science, Drama.  Many of them do weekly group field trips and enrichment activities.  Some focus on skill development and work as a team on a competition project such as the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge.  Additionally, there are dozens of special interest groups such as chess clubs and classes, Irish Country Dance classes, sewing and speech groups, homeschool prom, honor societies, Teen-Age Republicans or Democrats, Youth in Government and  . . .

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