When we were deciding if we should homeschool our kids, one of the questions that I had in my mind was “what about socialization? I have a shy daughter and if we homeschooled, wouldn’t her socialization skills be hampered even more?”
While it is true that children will learn some socialization skills among their peers (vertical socialization), it’s not the good kind of socialization all the time. They will also pick up bad habits, undergo bullying, and peer pressure at a young age. Though homeschool would protect the child from unnecessary problems while young, it is not meant to shelter them from realities of life, but simply to prepare them. While they are at home, they develop socialization skills between the siblings and the parents (vertical socialization). The children will learn to speak appropriately and cooperate with different ages rather than only with their peers. Respecting each other and learning to cooperate with one another would be more prevalent.
Aside from daily socialization with family, the kids also have some time to mingle with peers during Sunday School and support/play group time.
I also did some research and here are some statistics that I found this from an article:
“When measured against the average Canadians ages 15 to 34 years old, home-educated Canadian adults ages 15 to 34 were more socially engaged (69 percent participated in organized activities at least once per week, compared with 48 percent of the comparable population). Average income for home-schoolers also was higher, but perhaps more significantly, while 11 percent of Canadians ages 15 to 34 rely on welfare, there were no cases of government support as the primary source of income for home-schoolers. Home-schoolers also were happier; 67.3 percent described themselves as very happy, compared with 43.8 percent of the comparable population. Almost all of the home-schoolers — 96 percent — thought home-schooling had prepared them well for life.”
My daughter has been homeschooling for almost 2 years now, and I have seen her grow in the area of socialization. Naturally an introvert, I see that she has grown more confident now and has also developed some friendships already.
The no socialization issue is a non issue at all. As your child grows, you will see that he or she has developed in wisdom, in stature and in favor with God and man.