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?
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!