If you are a homeschooling parent, you have no doubt been asked, “but what about socialization” or “are they around other children?” If I only knew how many times I’ve been asked those questions.
Because I work part time outside the home, I serve in a local community organization (Kiwanis Club) and on a few boards for community causes near and dear to me. I sometimes, depending on the service project or event, take my homeschooler with me. She has a chance not only to serve the community but learn from others who do as well- sometimes while her peers are sitting in a classroom.
Truth be told, she enjoys going to the weekly Kiwanis Club meetings with me- especially if we have a speaker that is about a topic of interest to her.
You don’t have to be in the same organizations or groups I’m in to give these opportunities to your homeschooler. If you are part of an organization that serves the community, do you take your homeschooler?
One unique thing about homeschooling and working outside the home is that it gives your student(s) a chance to experience a part of our life they otherwise may not. While I do not make it a habit, my child has gone to work with me on occasion in the past (and did some school work while there).
However, not only does she see what I do each day, but because of other work related activities she has had the chance to meet many community leaders. She’s been to more than one meeting of the civic club of which I am a member. I take her to community events and try to let her at least experience what it is like to serve others in a work related environment.
Even if you do not work outside the home, I bet you know someone who is a part of a civic club that would be glad to allow your child to visit one time with them. Or know someone who would be glad to allow your child to visit their office for a few hours or even a day.
This experience also allows my child to understand a little more in depth if she asks about my day. The beauty of homeschooling is the real word experiences it often offers. In this case, I can give my daughter a taste of the business world or community service on occasion. Are there ways you can look to do this with your child?