As homeschoolers, one of the most common questions we get asked is “how about socialization?” In fact, when I first considered homeschooling, it was also one of the first questions I had.
Surprisingly, socialization has never been an issue for the past three years. I have learned that socialization happens when a child talks to another person. Children learn the proper way to socialize when they talk to their parents or siblings. They learn how to communicate verbally and non-verbally. They also see the way mature adults communicate with one another, therefore, this is the model that they follow as they grow up.
Watching my kids, I love their camaraderie. One minute, they are the best of friends, the next they can become enemies. Truly, they are learning how to deal with others. They learn how to accept each other’s strengths and weakness. They adapt to situations and to their emotions.
They also get to mingle with other children during weekends at church and I see that they develop friendship with others, without difficulties.
Seeing how my kids has grown in the past 3 years that we are homeschooling, I have no doubt that socialization is really a non-issue for homeschoolers.