Homeschooling: It's not what we do, it's how we live.

And Now the Children are Properly Socialized

This year, our homeschool group is hosting a new thing – social events designed for teenagers. Today is our first experience with such a beast, and I am happy to report that it was a success! I’m glad it went well, and excited see how this new thing plays out over the year to come.

One thing that seems to be a theme among homeschool groups is phasing out as the kids get older. The population of kids still homeschooling through middle school dwindles, and dwindles even more as they get into high school. I definitely believe in and advocate that you should do what works best for your family in any given school year, but when your family is homeschooling long-term, social time does become harder to arrange as the kids get older. Most homeschool groups seem to be saturated with little kids* – pre-schoolers through upper elementary school, which is great, but can leave older kids feeling a little out of place.

I have noticed that some groups try to arrange social events for teens, which is fantastic. My kids have thus far been too young to participate (or too immature, maybe), so I haven’t been involved in them before, but now that they’re older, I have found that even the groups that do organize with older kids in mind aren’t doing things that my geeky kids are interested in.

This year (and last), we’ve had more older kids joining our group, so we decided to get them involved and see what they’d like to do. Today’s event was a meet up for froyo (frozen yogurt, if you’re not in the know). Kids had fun just sitting at their own table, chatting and catching up.

After talking with some of the other moms, it seems that they’re all in an ‘anti-social’ phase – where getting dressed and out of the house sounds like more effort than it’s worth just to hang out with a few friends. It’s reassuring to know that it’s not just my kids; it’s an age thing (apparently), and not restricted to boys – girls go through it, too.

In any case, we did successfully socialize the kids today, and have plans for the next few months.

I was going to go into a whole post on homeschooling and socialization, but I just don’t have it in me right now. Our group calendar (and our personal one) is completely full of lessons, activities, classes, volunteering, community service, work, and play from now through the end of the year. Maybe when my kids are grown, I’ll have more time to address the social misconceptions of homeschooling, but for now, I’m ready for some mindless internet fun.

teen froyo social sept4 2015

Have a great weekend!
Warmly,
~h

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4 responses

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  2. People who claim that children who are the products of home schooling will not be getting a proper education are ignorant and ill-informed. Another point that is absurd is the false talking point that kids lack opportunities for socialization. Kids are less likely to be killed in a home schooled environment because no person with guns will come and shoot up their residences. School shootings have happened at some public schools, so I seriously doubt that they would face that in a home based environment. In public schools, kids are subjected to textbooks and face the potential for conflict with some of their peers.

    October 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    • HT

      You had me up until your mini-rant about school shootings. Cool your jets, dude. You’re preaching to the choir here 😉 No one is disputing the proper education of homeschooled students, especially not in Texas with the continuing decline of state-approved edited texts. There is some argument that religiously-based homeschooling parents who severely limit their children’s social circle to like-minded church folk is detrimental, but that has nothing to do with your third point. There’s literally no segue between your comment about socialization and school shootings. What gives? Where’s the link? I’m more than willing to have a convo about gun control; I just don’t understand how the topic I posted about (socialization), and guns are linked. Clue a girl in, will ya?

      October 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

  3. I was referencing albeit not by name to the Columbine killings. Now, back to the idea that kids need to be properly socialized-what if they prefer to be off to themselves and have little or no interaction with the outside world?

    October 14, 2017 at 8:18 am

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