This is a very common concern we hear from families new to homeschooling, and it is a question homeschoolers hear from other people on a regular basis. Experience has shown us that most children who homeschool spend plenty of time interacting with others. Since homeschoolers generally have more free time to be involved in community activities than children who attend “regular” school, there is no end to the socialization opportunities for them.
Homeschooled children learn how to get along with and enjoy the company of peers, elders, younger children, parents, and grandparents while going to art and music classes, scout troop activities, volunteering in the community, participating on sports teams, and playing with neighborhood kids. They regularly interact with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, cultures, and professions. Most homeschooling families take advantage of the flexibility of homeschooling to include field trips and travel as well.
Sometimes the hardest part about homeschooling is staying at home because there is always so much to do and enjoy! Many homeschooling families report that their children become better socialized than their school-going peers because they are not limited to peer-group interactions, which are not always healthy, but are surrounded by people who model positive ways to communicate, problem solve, and resolve conflicts.
In addition, there are opportunities for socialization built into the Oak Meadow curriculum. In the lower grades, projects and assignments often take students into the community for science and social studies projects, or to do research in the neighborhood or at the library. In 8th grade civics, students participate in a community service project. Our 7th – 12th grade students are invited to join Oak Meadow’s online class discussions and collaborative projects. In high school, there are more opportunities for socialization through our Life Experience Elective Credit, our Advanced Study project, and our partnership with The Experiment in International Living.