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Some individuals or couples, when considering homeschooling their child, experience apprehension regarding their child's developing social skills. Frankly, it’s a myth that social skills in a homeschooled child will be stunted. Here is a fact, to combat that myth: Compared to traditional school goers, more diverse options and larger socialization opportunities can be enjoyed by homeschooled children. Why is that?
In traditional schools, your child is limited to their peers for interaction. (Remember, as well, not all "peers" are friends – some are bullies.) But, in a variety of settings, your homeschooled child can associate with people of numerous talents and ages. For your child's daily routine, how you incorporate socializing activities will have everything to do with your homeschooled child's social skills.
To assist with the development of good social skills in your homeschooled child, we've put together some ways to help them socialize.
You Count As a Parent and Teacher – Not As a Friend
You are the parent and/or the teacher, not a member of your child's social circle. You cannot be their playmate, teacher, and classmate all at once. Can your child seek a friend in you? Of course. But where your kid’s socializing needs are concerned, don't try to fill in.
Get Rid of Deterring Factors
While helping your child socialize, some things should be lessened, curtailed, and/or controlled:
Encourage Extracurricular Learning
As both parent and teacher, don't take on too much by yourself. Consider choosing someone else for things like chess, piano, painting, etc. This way, your child gets to interact with an expert and develop their social skills.
What you can do as a parent:
Here are some suggestions for which to hire a homeschool tutor:
A Calendar of Social Activities
To encourage healthy social life, homeschooled children can participate in numerous activities. Engage in some of the following activities with your homeschooled child:
Here are a few more suggestions for the parent of a homeschooled child:
Need Information Regarding Homeschooling? We Recommend NFC Academy
At NFC Academy, we provide accredited home school programs for grades K through 12. For grades K through 5, we offer book homeschool programs, and for grades 3 through 12, online homeschool programs.
Please feel free to call us at (888) 960-4624 or fill out our convenient online form to request information.