Two of the biggest fears of homeschooling are “socialization” and “fear of missing out.” Today I’m going to share how our family deals with both of these issues.
Having such a large family, I’ve never worried much about socialization. There’s currently twelve of us around to talk and play with. “Wait”, you may say, “that doesn’t count!” I agree. I am somewhat jesting, but on the other hand, I’m also quite serious. Each one of us is unique, and spending time with one another gets us used to different temperaments, personalities, age groups, etc. Who says socialization must be hours a day with people your exact age? True socialization is the ability to communicate with anyone you may meet.
Other ways to socialize outside of the home are through homeschool groups, 4-H clubs, church activities, play dates, community sports, etc. Our children have experienced all of these things and have enjoyed them very much. I found most of these activities by searching local groups and meet-ups. Homeschooling doesn’t mean that you never leave your house.
“What about keeping your homeschool special?” One of the beauties of homeschooling is having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. In the past we’ve had school parties for Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Presidents’ Day, Star Wars Day, First Day of School, and Valentine’s Day. This year I hope to add a few new things as well. If you struggle with being creative, search Pinterest or school holiday calendars. You can go extreme (decorations, themed foods, etc.) or just read a book about the special day. The freedom is yours!
Another way to keep your homeschool special is by scheduling your own field trips. Plan a few days a year to visit local museums, hiking trails, historical sites, pumpkin patches, zoos, live theaters, the symphony, etc. Make it just a family day or invite friends to come along. The freedom is yours!
If you’re currently struggling with these fears, I hope this post was an encouragement to you. The homeschooling journey can be scary at times, but there are ways to make it easier.
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;" Isaiah 41:10