100 Ways homeschooled kids get socialization

100 Ways homeschooled kids get socialization

The socialization myth is one of the most persistent plagues on homeschooling families. The public seems to have an image of homeschooled children locked in their houses, lined up in school desks in the basement while Mom points to a blackboard. The reality is that most homeschool families spend as much time outside of the home as in it, and socialization opportunities are everywhere.

Here are 100 ways that homeschool kids can get socialization, with some examples of opportunities we’ve taken part in here in Minnesota and nationally…

  1. Park days
  2. Scout groups
  3. Little league
  4. Hanging out at friends’ houses
  5. Homeschool co-ops
  6. Homeschool Days at sites like the Jeffers Petroglyphs
  7. Volunteering
  8. Playing with neighbor kids
  9. Homeschool swim days
  10. Playing with cousins and other relatives
  11. Taking part in community theater
  12. Library clubs
  13. Church groups
  14. Memberships to science museums
  15. Community education classes
  16. Homeschool ice skating days
  17. Homeschool ski days
  18. Shopping and running errands with the family
  19. Science conferences for kids
  20. Joining historical reenactment groups like the SCA
  21. Chatting with friends on the internet
  22. Homeschool bowling days
  23. Taking part in historic reenactment like Mankato’s History Fest
  24. Chatting with and helping out neighbors
  25. Calling friends on the phone
  26. Pen pals (online and snail mail)
  27. Art conferences like the Young Artists Conference
  28. Spending time with family and playing with siblings
  29. Visiting nursing homes
  30. Weekly homeschool programs
  31. Playing on local soccer leagues
  32. Traveling and meeting new people from all over
  33. Not-back-to-school parties for homeschoolers
  34. Zoo programs
  35. Homeschool days (or season passes) at Valley Fair and other amusement parks
  36. Homeschool days (or season passes) at the Renaissance Fest
  37. Gymnastics classes
  38. Joining the local historical society and taking part in events
  39. Group tours of factories and plants
  40. Reading clubs and book clubs
  41. Social groups like Minnesota Homeschooling Teens
  42. Language classes
  43. Homeschool support groups for families with young children
  44. Music classes and lessons
  45. Attending rendesvous events
  46. Interviewing people for local news stories (small town newspapers are often happy to feature these)
  47. Hanging out at the mall with friends
  48. Karate and other martial arts classes
  49. Photography clubs
  50. 4-H
  51. Woodworking clubs
  52. Astronomy clubs
  53. Homeschool band
  54. T-ball
  55. Running errands, making purchases, dealing with shops and businesses
  56. Art classes
  57. Sleep overs (even on “school” nights!)
  58. Lego robotics competitions (the competition and the time with group members building their entries)
  59. Striking up conversations and making friends with people of all ages, all over
  60. Talking with parents and other adults in their lives
  61. Spending time in book stores
  62. Odyssey of the Mind group challenges
  63. Walking the dog
  64. Writing conferences like the Conference for Young Writers
  65. Garage sales (hosting and shopping them)
  66. Babysitting and doing other jobs in the community
  67. Visiting with elders in the community
  68. Taking part in nature programs
  69. Bringing outgrown clothes and toys to shelters
  70. Chatting with the staff at museums, parks and nature centers
  71. Helping out at the humane society
  72. Visiting beekeepers and farmers
  73. Getting together with homeschool families for theme days
  74. Going to openings at local art galleries (or just going on a weekday afternoon, talking about the art and chatting with the staff)
  75. Visiting local horse stables and trading learning or riding lessons for work
  76. Homeschool parties for holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mardis Gras and Halloween
  77. Memberships to secure online children’s forums like New Moon Girls
  78. Nature clubs
  79. Taking part in free woodshops for kids at Home Depot
  80. Touring pumpkin patches and apple orchards
  81. Summer camp
  82. Taking part in extracurricular programs like band and sports through local schools (homeschoolers are eligible to take part in public school programs in MN but not in all states)
  83. Wacky homeschool events like pajama parties in the park
  84. Trick or treating
  85. Bringing cookies to the local fire station
  86. Visiting children’s museums
  87. Joining groups like the Betsy-Tacy society
  88. Homeschool days at rock climbing centers and recreation centers
  89. Attending free family concerts
  90. Homeschool theater programs
  91. Camping parties
  92. National unschooling conferences (which tend to have days of fun activities for parents and kids alike)
  93. City celebrations, carnivals and fairs
  94. Staying with friends and relatives out of town
  95. Winter waterpark getaways with other homeschoolers
  96. Dance classes
  97. Taking part in blogs and social networks as teens
  98. Taking part in real archeology digs
  99. Lemonade stands
  100. Just being out experiencing life!

Getting Started Homeschooling: Everything You Need to Know About Legal Requirements, Curricula, Testing, Types of Homeschooling, Learning Styles, Socialization and Making It Fun for Everyone

This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course. Other homeschool families could add many more. There is certainly never a lack of socialization opportunities for homeschoolers.

Local email lists and Facebook groups for homeschoolers offer information about ongoing play groups, conferences, field trips, classes, co-ops and other opportunities, as well.

Excerpted from the book, Getting Started Homeschooling: Everything You Need to Know About Legal Requirements, Curricula, Testing, Types of Homeschooling, Learning Styles, Socialization and Making It Fun for Everyone. 





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