A potential concerns for homeschool parents is how to make sure that their children are still able to socialize and get involved in the community. It is a common misconception that homeschooled kids will be “unsocialized.” Making friends and getting involved in the community can seem difficult to parents who might’ve gone to a traditional school and are considering homeschooling their children. Not to fear! There are plenty of ways to help your child make friends (and maybe even get yourself some free time). Here are some tips for getting involved in your community:
- It can be great to have a change of environment for your kids and interact with other children. One possible way to do this is to find another homeschool family that you’d like to work with. You and the other homeschooling parent could switch off teaching days or even offer to tackle subjects that the other is not as comfortable with. This way your children will have the opportunity to socialize with other children while still learning.
- Another option is to share the cost of a tutor for a particularly complex topic with one or more families. Not only will they be learning a subject from a person who really knows it well, they’ll also find it more fun in the context of getting to spend more time with kids their age.
- Invest in local after school activities where you will not be present and they are free to interact with other kids their age. This can be anything from local kids’ art classes to dance classes or even sports teams. You could also check out local charities that let kids help so that your children can learn how good it feels to help others or the environment.
How do you get your kids involved in your local community? Do you give them ample opportunities to make friends with other kids their age? Let us know how in the comments!