Our Considering Homeschool journey is coming to an end now. We’ve explored much in this series: legal considerations, methods, curriculum choices, budgeting, and more. So, what haven’t we talked about in this series?
The other s-word. If there’s anything homeschoolers are sick of talking about, it’s socialization. For some crazy reason, there are still people out there who think it’s not possible to be “socialized” unless you attend school somewhere. Most homeschoolers take advantage of plenty of “socialization” opportunities outside the home.
For us, even before we had a local homeschool group to meet with, we were involved in church or sports, sometimes both, on a weekly basis. Now we have a homeschool group that we meet with each week and have even done a semester of art classes with our group.
All of that happens along with our bi-weekly church services and sometimes overlaps with sports, depending on the season. I’m keeping it real here, but sometimes we’re so “socialized” by everyday life that I long for a day in my pajamas.
Other homeschool families we know participate in co-op groups, civic groups, music lessons, and all sorts of other things. Goodness, one of The Boy’s friends takes fencing lessons. Can I just tell you that he’s a sight to behold when they’re having lightsaber battles in the yard? The point here is that homeschooled kids have plenty of opportunities to interact with others.
(I talk more about homeschool socialization
in this post from my Homeschool 101 series.)
Socialization is just not an issue! In fact, one could argue that homeschoolers are often more “socialized” because they’re generally more comfortable with kids and people of all ages rather than primarily engaging with children of their same age.
My kids are still young, so I don’t have any advice on homeschooling middle and high school. I do, however, know lots of homeschool families who have graduated kids and have and done a great job schooling all the way through. You can absolutely provide a quality middle and high school education for your kids. They can do so much more than just get by; they can soar in college and in their careers.
(I share how we answer the “are you going to
send them to high school?” question here.)
Just like other seasons of homeschool, checking your state’s legal requirements for high school and graduation is crucial. It would also be beneficial to talk to other homeschool families who have graduated their kids. If you don’t know any personally, a quick search on Pinterest would give you tons of information on homeschooling through high school and even give you networking ideas.
There’s something beautiful about acting out your history lesson with Disney princesses, Jedi, and Ninjago minifigures. There’s something so natural about walking around in your backyard for leaves to study for science.
|We love to act out our history chapters!
Even Prissy gets in on the action.
There’s something refreshing about letting your kids be kids without the pressures that come along with the constant comparisons that rear their heads in school outside the home.
There’s something amazing that takes place when you do life together and say no thanks to the rat race (not that homeschoolers can let go of that completely). It’s a wonderful thing.
I acknowledge that homeschool isn’t possibly in every situation and I acknowledge that there are vocal critics out there. That’s okay though. I know what happens in our home and I know that I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Neither would my kids. This homeschool lifestyle is a blessing. It truly is.