Dear individual who likes to question my choice to homeschool my children,
Oh my gosh, if you homeschool how do your kids have a social life?! Constantly, I get questioned about how my kids make friends if they are homeschooled (insert their condescending tone while asking here). I can vaguely understand this question, ever so vaguely. Most kids spend all day around peers their age, and mine spend most of their day surrounded by adults and siblings.
“If they spend all day at home how do they meet people?!”
Hello extra curricular activities! We take pride in the chosen activities that they fall in love with. As a family, our children try different activities until our kids find their passion. For some it may take more trial and error, but I promise every kid can find their passion. Their passion may change, but there is always a way to find other kids that share that passion they can do life with.
One child dances almost every day of the week. My daughter is surrounded by kids of varying ages many, MANY, hours a week. Another one of my children spends time at his dojo. He makes friends of varying ages and learns incredible life lessons. My other daughter spends time with her Girl Scout troop doing a variety of activities. Cookie booths, fun activities at meetings, and many other things keep her busy and ‘socialized’. It doesn’t take sitting in a brick building to make friends. Even if my children didn’t have activities to keep them busy, there are ample opportunities to ensure your kids are active and social.
Co-ops are the perfect way for so many homeschooled kiddos to come together and learn without the constraints of a typical school. These co-ops are meet ups with other homeschooled kids in the same age range. These groups meet up and will do varying lessons, play, or other hobbies together as a group. They are meant to give homeschooled children time to get together with peers who are are also homeschooling and either learning the same things or have the same interests!
Even better is that many of these co-ops are free!
It is a great pet peeve of mine, and many others, when I am asked if my children are socialized. My children are not puppies, they are humans. I promise you that the great majority of homeschooled children are well rounded kids. The real world is not simulated within the constraints of a brick school building. My children learn real world lessons all day every day. They learn traditional book work, and they learn out of the box lessons that are beyond the realm of a school.
Homeschooling is not for every family. I totally understand why many families chose, or need, to send their kids to a school every day. I do not think there is anything wrong with those choices! With that being said, please stop questioning my choices on how to educate my children. I do not ask where your child goes to school and respond with “Oh you send your kid to public school” with a disgusted look on my face. Therefore, do not do it to me. I am halfway through my doctoral program in education, I am more than qualified to teach my children. They have friends, they have a passion and love for learning, and they are progressing in their studies. I genuinely do not need your input.