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I occasionally get emails from parents asking for the opportunities to socialize their homeschooled kid. It is significant for parents to know that they take a complete responsibility for their kid’s development at the time they start homeschooling.
They take not just their kid’s learning but also their kid’s socialization into their hands.
Making sure that your kid gets the group interaction he/she requires while being tutored at home might need some thinking and work, but it surely can be done. Here I am including some tips that will ease the process of socialization.
Join Homeschool Groups:
There can be found a variety of homeschool support groups online. These groups particularly give opportunities for your kid to mix with other kids, get socialized, and make friends. Some groups are also active on Facebook.
One thing you should look for while searching the homeschooling groups is the location. You should also check out following questions while selecting a particular group.
• Is it operated in your state/province or nearby area?
• What kind of activities do they arrange for your child?
• What are the fees?
• Is it suitable for you, your child, and your homeschooling style?
Look for the School Extracurricular:
You are homeschooling your kid, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look through nearby public schools for events and opportunities!
Try to find teaching aids that are intended to help your kid learn significant social skills. Some states expect public schools to permit a homeschooled child to engage in extracurriculars and events at the school.
Contact the nearby public school and ask if they permit a homeschooled child to join their extracurricular activities. You can also ask for a schedule of activities or list of open clubs. The best way to start this process is to check out the school’s website.
Use Social Networking Sites:
By the time, social networking sites have become helpful in all fields. Using these sites is an excellent way to enhance your kid’s offline interactions.
It can also help you discover different homeschooling families in your region. You can use social sites to find parents who keep the similar interest as you. You can even create a separate group to plan social activities, field trips, and much more.
Become a Role Model:
Whether you are shopping at the mall or requesting a librarian to assist you to research a particular topic, you should use these communications to show your kid how to behave and work with other people.
Sometimes, a homeschooled child with attention and learning issues usually needs very precise guidance. If it is the case, then it means that you may need to indicate particulars such as how to start a communication and how to close it.
As your kid starts growing, they must get both more help in their projects and more equal time to act independently. If you are helping your child in difficult tasks then you have to keep aside direct parental involvement during easy tasks.
The adolescent years particularly are a time of development for a kid as he/she grows towards higher independence.
That’s all about socializing your homeschooled child. Although a homeschooled kid can be properly socialized, don’t expect it to happen overnight. It will take time depending on the learning ability of your child.
What methods do you follow to arrange social activities for your child? Do let me know in the comment section.
James is a home tutor and professional child development consultant at Singapore tuition. He helps parents who take their kid’s career and socialization seriously.