A popular misconception of homeschooled children is that they don’t have a social life. This simply is not true; it is quite easy to have a social life while Pre School & homeschooling. There is a community of homeschoolers & Pre School that organizes activities so everyone can get to know each other. There are also extra-curricular activities that you can take advantage of.
Online Homeschooling Groups
One of our best sources of information is the Internet. Why not join an online homeschooling group? Do a search on your favorite search engine for “homeschooling groups” in your area to find some that you can join.
Searching with your city or state name will obviously find support groups near you, but you can also search without putting in your locality information to find some national groups. Some groups, whether national or locally based, are curriculum based, some simply offer resources, and still others offer co-op classes, get-togethers and field trips.
Local Home School Groups
It doesn’t matter where you live, there will be local home school support groups that offer great social activities for homeschooling families. These social activities can include co-op classes, field trips, skating days, park days and even sports.
Joining local home school groups is beneficial not only for children but also for parents. Children get valuable socialization with other kids while parents get questions answered and just general support. You can learn about local laws, special events for homeschoolers and find a lot of resources you might not otherwise find.
Co-op classes are taught by other parents or knowledgeable volunteers. These are great, not only for the social aspect they offer students, but also for getting instruction for your children on topics that you are either not interested in or don’t know anything about.
Just like other local home school group activities, participating in co-op classes gives you and your children a chance to get out of the house. You have a chance to talk to other parents and share frustrations, stories, tips and resources. Get both you and your children to make new friends.
Modern day 4-H clubs are much more than they used to be. They now offer more than just farming; now they have technology, public speaking, gardening, animals, sewing, science and more. 4-H clubs offer different activities that will fit almost any personality … and once your child is in high school, community service projects will look impressive on college applications.
I’m sure you already know the benefits children can gain from participating in team sports: exercise, learning to be part of a team and a healthy competitive attitude. Homeschooling groups that offer competitive sports can be hard to find. If you can’t find any groups in your area that offer sports, you can check out local recreation centers; they often have community sports that are open to anyone.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have always been a symbol of fun, challenges and team building. Many children make lasting friends in the scout’s programs, and they offer a variety of activities that help prepare children to succeed in life.
The Boy Scouts have a co-ed program called Venturing. This is an adventure-oriented scouting organization for teenagers. Venturing offers more than just badge earning; scouts learn about survival skills, get lots of outdoor training and go camping.
Choosing to home school your child does not mean that you have to live without a social life. There are so many activities available for homeschooled children and their families. Sign up for any of these activities, and you’ll soon be so busy with your social life that you’ll forget your initial concerns with socializing with your homeschoolers.