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"But What About Socialization?"
Homeschooled Kids: But What About Socialization?
Laura Osborne
What about socialization? This is one of the most common questions confronting homeschooling. Socialization is the process whereby the young of a culture learn the rules, mores, traditions, and acceptable interactions of their particular society. Regardless of being at home or at school, a child will be socialized. The question then seems to be: what is the best agent of socialization? Realizing that when a child graduates, he is never again cloistered in an environment with same-age peers makes one question the authenticity of the school as a superior socializing agent. But detractors ask, does the homeschool student do as well in measures of interpersonal and communication skills as his traditionally schooled peers? Let's look at the research.
Homeschooling and the Myth of Socialization
Manfred B. Zysk
A homeschooling father discusses how homeschooling reinforces positive socialization and some of the dangers of public school socialization.
Homeschooling Benefits: Children less preoccupied with peer acceptance
William R. Mattox Jr.
Most people who have never met a homeschooling family imagine that the kids are socially isolated. But some new research by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute suggests otherwise. Indeed, Ray's research helps to explain why the number of homeschoolers in America continues to grow. Ray reports the typical homeschooled child is involved in 5.2 social activities outside the home each week. These activities include afternoon and weekend programs with conventionally schooled kids, such as ballet classes, Little League teams, Scout troops, church groups and neighborhood play. They include midday field trips and cooperative learning programs organized by groups of homeschooling families. For example, some Washington, D.C., families run a homeschool drama troupe that performs at a local dinner theater. So, what most distinguishes a homeschooler's social life from that of a conventionally schooled child? Ray says homeschooled children tend to interact more with people of different ages.
Home-Schooling: Socialization not a problem
Washington Times
One of the most persistent criticisms of home-schooling is the accusation that home-schoolers will not be able to fully participate in society because they lack “socialization.” It’s a challenge that reaches right to the heart of home-schooling, because if a child isn’t properly socialized, how will that child be able to contribute to society? Home-school families across the nation knew criticisms about adequate socialization were ill-founded — they had the evidence right in their own homes. In part to address this question from a research perspective, the Home School Legal Defense Association commissioned a study in 2003 titled “Homeschooling Grows Up,” conducted by Mr. Ray, to discover how home-schoolers were faring as adults. The news was good for home-schooling. In all areas of life, from gaining employment, to being satisfied with their home-schooling, to participating in community activities, to voting, home-schoolers were more active and involved than their public school counterparts.
It's a Myth That School is Good for Socialization
Penelope Trunk
Parents who have their kids in school often say they have them there because of socialization. It's absurd that homeschoolers talk to people of all ages, all day long, and kids in school have to listen to a teacher all day long. It's just not even a contest: homeschooling is better for socialization because parents value it so much and schools don't.
Let's Hope They're Not Socialized
Raising counter-cultural kids means that the traditional notion of socialization doesn't have much meaning. Centering on family rather than peer groups offers a new way of socialization.
Looking for the “S” Word: Socialization for the Homeschool Student
Veteran homeschoolers know that socialization is really not something to worry about in the homeschool, even for those who are moms to only children. The truth is children receive social instruction in the very environment where it is needed - society. As parents we are best equipped to direct the "socialization" of our children because we have their best interest at heart. Here are ten ways to find socialization opportunities for your homeschool student.
Making friends through homeschooling (without worrying about socialization)
Kara Anderson
Here’s the thing with socialization: We all know that true “socialization” is not just finding yourself in a group. “Socialization” as a homeschooling family is tricky: you can try to force it, and know the whole time that you are living in a contrived state that will please your family doctor and weird neighbor. But friendship is easier. You find people who like you. It may take a while, but the wait is worth it.
Socialization in the Homeschool
Everyday children have practice being the real world. This leads to real social skills that will last a life time.
Socialization: A Great Reason Not to Go to School
Karl M. Bunday
This "Learn in Freedom" article provides research supporting the positive socialization homeschooled children receive. Discusses research supporting the conclusion that homeschooled children have higher levels of self-esteem and communication skills, and fewer behavioral problems, than other children.
Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word
Bridget Bentz Sizer
The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away lonely hours at a kitchen table with only their parents for friends. But homeschoolers themselves will tell you that socialization—the “S-word,” as some call it—is really a nonissue.
Socializing the Sanguine Child
Dianna Kennedy
Dianna Kennedy shares the socialization adventures of her sanguine daughter.
The 3 Biggest Social Benefits of Homeschooling
Alexandra Martinez
Without fail, telling someone you are homeschooling your children will promptly be followed by the question, "Aren't you worried about socialization?" Here are three social benefits to homeschooling.
The How To’s of Homeschool Socialization
Heidi Ciravola
Is the only place to learn from others found within the four walls of a school? If we follow the logic that socialization only comes from school, are we then to assume socialization does not occur within the family unit, at church, or on any give sports team? How about during neighborhood play or at the local playground? And if we assume socialization is a process occurring throughout our lives then what happens when we are no longer within the four walls of elementary, middle or high school? You socialize a homeschool child, or anyone else for that matter by having them live their lives, be in their environment and around the people you would normally be around during the course of a day.
The S-Word: Socialization for Homeschoolers
Why do homeschoolers hear socialization questions more than any others? In fact, very few of them are home long enough to be unsocialized!
The Truth About Homeschooling and Socialization
Usually what is meant by socialization or the lack thereof is that if we isolate our kids from the public or private school culture, our kids won’t know how to survive in the ‘real’ world. But the homeschool world has a lot more similarities to the ‘real world’ than any institutional setting.
The Truth about Homeschooling and Socialization
True socialization begins at home. Children do best with socialization when they have the freedom to take off when they are ready.
Thoughts on Socialization from a Homeschool Graduate
Heather Greutman
You would think that in a world full of homeschool graduates, many of whom get into top colleges, win national spelling bees, and score way higher on all national and state tests that people would realize that the socialization question really is obsolete now days. But because we spend all day with mom (or dad) and siblings, instead of in a school room with 1 teacher to 25+ children we suddenly aren’t socialized! This homeschool graduate shares her experiences with her "lack" of socialization.
What Is Socialization Anyway?
Marci Goodwin
Many people seem to think that homeschool kids are all socially backward and sheltered. They feel that they need to be properly socialized or they won’t be able to function in the real world. And by properly socialized, they mean exposed to large groups of children their own age for 8+ hours per day so they can learn to act like the average child their age. Their question makes be wonder “What is socialization anyway?”
You Say Sheltering As If It’s A Bad Thing….
laurie Bostwick
Merriam Webster dictionary defines shelter as “a position or the state of being covered and protected." Sheltering can be a form of socialization. And children that are raised protected and nurtured know how to be social.


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