• Why is socialization important for homeschool students?

    Positive socialization experience reaps benefits for homeschool students

    A boy and a girl standing next to each other

    By Beth Gilmour

    Published research supports this mindset of positive socialization benefits for homeschool students.  As cited in Home Schooling and the Question of Socialization by Richard G. Medlin, "Home-schooled children are taking part in the daily routines of their communities. They are certainly not isolated; in fact, they associate with--and feel close to--all sorts of people. Home schooling parents can take much of the credit for this. For, with their children's long-term social development in mind, they actively encourage their children to take advantage of social opportunities outside the family. Home-schooled children are acquiring the rules of behavior and systems of beliefs and attitudes they need. They have good self-esteem and are likely to display fewer behavior problems than do other children. They may be more socially mature and have better leadership skills than other children as well. And they appear to be functioning effectively as members of adult society."

    In additional research, published by Chris Klicka, the Senior Counsel for the Home School Legal Defense Association, it was determined that homeschool students, “are completely prepared for the “real world” of the workplace and the home. They learn based on “hands on” experiences and early apprenticeship training.”

    Design Learning Academy provides many socialization activities for our home school students:

    • Tuesday from 9:00-11:00 a.m., students are offered classes in Robotics and Art. All students are welcome to participate, as they gain knowledge in these elective subjects and experience valuable collaboration with their peers. 
    • Wednesdays, from 9:00-11:30 a.m., middle school students (grades 6-8) receive personalized assistance from their teachers in the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students benefit from collaborative sharing of ideas with peers during these sessions. 
    • Parent and student evening activities are offered in a collaborative ‘hands-on’ setting, where parents, students and community members explore areas of interest.
    • Field trip events are offered several times throughout the school year (read “Why field trips for homeschool students?”, in this article)

    Enrichment ideas for positive socialization activities in our community: 

    • Recreation sports
    • Church youth groups
    • YMCA
    • Boy’s and Girl’s Club
    • Academic contests
    • 4H Clubs
    • Scouting
    • Camps
    • Volunteering
    • Theater Groups
    • Homeschooling support groups

     

    Visit the following Public Broadcasting site for additional information on homeschool student socialization:
    Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word:
    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/homeschooling/socialization-tackling-homeschoolings-s-word/ 

     
    Please feel free to contact me anytime with additional questions you may have about socialization, Design Learning Academy program, or any other home school related issues.
    Beth Gilmour
    Cajon Valley Home School
    gilmourb@cajonvalley.net
    619-588-3630

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