One of the things I remember hearing about (and I still do hear it) is that homeschooled children need to be socialized.
Hmmmm… I wonder just what that means, sometimes. I read a recent post on The Pioneer Woman about socializing and homeschooled children and the comments (current count around 260) were eye-opening about the differing opinions and thoughts on these children and their social behaviors.
There are threads about it all over different homeschool forums; How do you socialize your child? Where does your child interact with other children? How does he/she do in public? I’m guessing each family knows their child and what they need best. That’s certainly true in our case.
Monkey is a social machine. She loves being around other children – as long as it’s not her brother. Don’t get me wrong, she does love her brother, but they do fight as siblings do (and it makes a momma crazy, for sure). Being homeschooled, though, hasn’t changed that. Thankfully, with my job and our family activities, she’s still around other children almost every day.
Just last week, she had her standardized testing for three days. She met a girl and made a friend on day one. On day two, that friend invited her to a birthday party on the weekend. On day three, her friend is introducing Monkey to her mom and making sure it’s ok that Monkey can come to the party.
The party was on Saturday and we went (and it was about 30 minutes away – one way), not knowing a single person there but the birthday girl. Monkey was a little shy at first, but her friend took her to each girl and introduced her and within a little while, all the girls were dancing and playing around (it was at a karaoke cafe; a unique torture for the parent that will be written about later).
There’s no unsocialized homeschooler in this house.