“Are you socialized?!?” After asking why I wasn’t in school, this was the second question I was always asked. I am talking to you now, I always think to myself, but outwardly I just smile and say “yes I am.”
I am sure they were wondering if I actually got around to seeing other kids since I did my school at home. Believe me, I did!
Growing up, I was a part of three different co-ops, drama group, art class, orchestra, choir, plus I worked. Nowadays, there are many options out there are many ways to be socialized for those who are looking for some.
One of the benefits to having so many options is that different activities are for different personalities, and that’s okay! My sister, who was three years younger than me, was also involved in a gym class as well as running track for the public school. In the same way, she was not involved in drama and orchestra like I was. This just goes to show that not everyone has to do the same thing. As a homeschooler, you are free to go about what you would like to do.
The past two years, I attended a writer’s workshop and a writer’s conference. Both of these activities put me out there on my own, before I was even graduated! Not only was I able to interact with like-minded individuals (writers), but I was also able to interact with people ranging from my peer group to older adult.
When you are homeschooled, socialization isn’t just limited to the school you go to, but rather, a multitude of different activities allowing you to meet lots of people who are homeschooled or not.
But don’t just take my word for it! Read what three other homeschooled students have to say about being socialized:
Audrey D. says: “More homeschoolers than you think don’t actually do all of their school at home. Many are involved in classes once or twice a week with other homeschoolers – and they’re not just siblings. My highschool choir was over 100 homeschooled kids! I got plenty of ‘socialization.'”
Autumn D. says: “Co-op, homeschool classes, and work.”
Michaela C. says: “The question asked almost without fail by a person who has just been introduced to a homeschooler. My dictionary says that to socialize means to “make fit for companionship” or “to take part in social activities”. So basically, going by that definition, unless you live under a rock, YOU ARE SOCIALIZED. 🙂 That said, I am blessed to take part in quite a few activities outside of the home. I sing in three choirs, go to two youth groups, attend church regularly, and attend a Chemistry class at an educational community. All of these provide extensive peer interaction as well as opportunities to talk with a variety of other age groups. Homeschooling has been a blessing in that I have the chance, through life situations, to cultivate a very deep and highly communicative relationship with my wonderful parents and both of my siblings. So next time you meet a homeschooler, don’t ask them the daunting and uncomfortable question, “how are you socialized?”, but instead ask them what their favorite group activities are, or treat them like you would any person who goes to school. I hope you are privileged enough to get to talk with a homeschooler at some point, but if not, I hope this helped you to see things from our perspective a little better!”
So what do you think?? Are homeschoolers socialized?
Also, stay tuned for next Thursday’s post on Homeschooling 101: Curriculum!