Socialization

What does “socialization” mean?  One of the biggest complaints about homeschooling that you’ll hear from folks who don’t understand it is the issue of socialization.  How can your kids socialize with their peers if they’re stuck at home all day?  They’ll grow up in isolation and their social development will be delayed.  Right?

Wrong!  Homeschooled kids are some of the busiest around.  There are so many activities available in most communities that if you did all of them, you’d never be at home to do any schoolwork.  The YMCA often offers homeschool classes, such as swimming lessons, and depending on the YMCA, they may offer even more.   Some have computer and foreign language classes for homeschoolers, and even art and music lessons.  Your local community center probably has planned activities too, and these things provide time for kids to learn and interact with others.

Flag Day

It’s a little known holiday, and not well-celebrated at all, but Flag Day can be wonderful for homeschoolers.  At our house, we put up our patriotic decorations, normally reserved for the Fourth of July.  We just leave them up for a month or so.  Red, white, and blue bunting decorates the porch, and of course flags are everywhere here.  Flag Day is simply the celebration of the American flag, and everything it stands for.  This fun holiday is June, right in between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.  It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn why we have stars on our flag, and what the red and white stripes stand for.  How does our flag differ now from the original flag when our country was formed?