Questions For a Homeschooling Mom Vol. 1


Questions For a Homeschooling Mom Vol. 1

I have wanted to write a homeschooling post for a while now and didn’t know where to begin. There are so many topics that I could cover. As soon as people find out I homeschool, I get a lot of different questions. Some are supportive and some are not.

To back up a bit, if you’ve read my About Me page, you know that I’m a homeschooling, stay-at-home-mother of 4. My oldest is 12 and will be going into the 7th grade and we’ve homeschooled all of them from the beginning.

I’m going to be writing several posts over the next few weeks diving into some of those questions and just how I answer them. Hopefully, for those thinking of homeschooling, it will answer some questions you may have. And hopefully, it might also help dispel some of the myths of homeschooling too.

As a disclaimer, don’t judge my writing and think that I am not qualified to teach. I like to write the way I speak and don’t like to lose ‘me’ by making it perfect. ;)

The first Question For a Homeschooling Mom:

Aren’t you worried about socialization?

Answer: No.

Three out of my four kids are very social. Some of the most social kids you will ever meet. Faith is social too when you get to know her but she’s had her own challenges in her short little life. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 4 and has had to spend a lot of time in the hospital. If any of us had been through what that little girl has had to endure, we probably wouldn’t be all that social either.  But that’s a different post. ;)

Honestly, there are so many opportunities for homeschoolers to get together. The best part is that it is on your own terms. You set the schedule and do as much or as little as you want. We belong to a homeschool group that gets together once a month. The kids have an activity in the morning and then learning activities in the afternoon. The moms then get time in the afternoons to learn as well. They also have a middle school night once a month for even more socialization. My son absolutely LOVES that.

This isn’t necessarily how all homeschool groups are structured but there are many, many homeschool groups so you can pick and choose the one that is right for you.

We also have the kids in a homeschool choir that meets once a week and then they put on a big concert at the end of the fall semester and spring semester. These events are fantastic! My kids love being in choir. They socialize with other children and they’re learning music as well.

There are also plenty of other things we could put the kids into such as sports, phy-ed, theater, instrument lessons, dance, horse riding lessons, etc. You can get as involved as you want and put your kids into as many social activities as you want .

I can’t make a blanket statement and say that ALL homeschoolers will be fine socially. I know that is not the case. There are going to be some children that will struggle socially no matter if they are homeschooled or public schooled. However, what I am saying is that if you are worried that there are no opportunities for a homeschooled student to socialize with others, you just don’t need to be.

I hope you enjoyed Questions For a Homeschooling Mom Vol. 1. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 next week!

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  1. Amber says:

    I am so excited to read your next post! My seven year old daughter is home schooled as well and I love it. We decided on keeping her out of public schools because of a leg condition she was born with, and I’m glad we did. I love being so involved with her education. She’ll be starting second grade this year and I couldn’t be more proud or excited about it. I love the fact that I KNOW what she’s struggling with and what she’s not struggling with.

    As far as I can tell, she loves it too. She has her moments when she thinks she’s missing out, but then she changes her mind when she sees her cousins missing out on stuff like going to the park during lunch, or going to the museum or on nature walks (we did this while she was learning about habitats and animals), and sometimes we just do something for pure fun like going to the movies. She also gets frustrated when we have to leave a friends house on a weekday because they have to get in bed for school.

    And since this post is on socializing…The park during school hours isn’t a bad place to check out as well. She’s made a few friends that way, and so have I :)

    And as far as her socializing goes, she’s very social. She loves meeting new people and has no trouble starting up a conversation with anyone of any age. Honestly, she does better than I do and I wasn’t home schooled.

  2. Dawn says:

    Amber, thank you so much for your comments! You have made some great points here. I really had to split up this post because there is just so much content. I am just so excited about the series! :) I’ll get into more about why we decided to homeschool in another Vol. but it has been so beneficial with Faith’s Crohn’s disease. I think if we had put the other kids in public school, she would have been homeschooled. Anyway, more for another post! ;) Thanks again for your comments and I’m glad you’re looking forward to the next one!

  3. Cassandra says:

    Thank you. I don’t think people realize that there are many different kinds of socialization and ways to be social. For some, school might be the answer. For many it just isn’t necessary.

  4. Tamatha Burrus says:

    I actually just found this post wandering around your website after entering a GiveAway. My husband and I have talked many times of Home Schooling our children. We have many reasons, as many do. My one important question before we delve seriously into the prospect is this. Our children are 10 and in 4th Grade, and 7 and in the 2nd Grade. How to transition from Public to Private School? Is their an article here on another site that you could recommend.

    Thank You and I will definitely be back to read the 4 Articles already posted on Home Schooling and keep up with the ones coming in the future.

    Blessing to You and Your Family ~ Have A Safe & Happy New Year!

    • Dawn says:

      Hi, Tamatha…You asked to transition to public to private but did you mean public to homeschool? If so, it really depends on the state you live in. In Wisconsin where we are, we would just need to fill out the paperwork (the DPI form) with the state and then let the school know we’re going to homeschool, pull the kids out and that’s it. But we live in a pretty non-strict state from what I understand. It might be different in other states. There is a lot of information online and I would just start by googling your state and maybe how to enroll your child in homeschool. You’d be surprised at how much info there is out there. The HSLDA is probably a great resource too… They represent homeschoolers and are not just in one state. That’s a start. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions along the way. Use my contact page and email me if you want anytime. :)

  5. This is a great post. I have homeschooled all five of my children from the beginning, and my oldest is 24. You’re right, being homeschooled doesn’t make them unable to socialize. I have three who are very “out there”, and love to be around others, and two who are not as much so. My youngest daughter is 12 years old, and she has Crohn’s Disease too. She was diagnosed at the age of nine. I’m dropping by from the Alexa Drop Hop :-)

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