Wednesday, January 20, 2010
But What About Socialization????
I was scrapbooking with a group of teachers, primarily. They found out I homeschool, and asked a couple of questions. You know, how are you going to teach chemistry? (my oldest was only 9, maybe, at the time... my answer: I have no idea, but I'm pretty sure I have a few years yet to figure out which of the many resources out there will work for that), what about the prom? is it legal? and then... the question. But what about socialization?
I looked at them, with my most serious expression, you know, like they had just stumped me, and I said something like:
You know, socialization is a big problem. Homeschooling is a big commitment, and it means that my kids are almost always around. If they were in school, I could get together with friends for coffee much more easily, or meet someone for lunch, or head out shopping with a pal. It would be easier to call up a friend and chat on the phone. But I've been coming to these crops most months, so that is giving me at least one social outlet...
Long pause as I looked in mock surprise at the confusion on their faces, then I continued...
Oh! You mean their social lives? Yeah, well, that isn't a problem. They don't have to go to school to playact how to interact with people in the real world... they actually get to interact with real people every time we go out. We don't have to do social studies lessons to learn what a mail carrier does... my kids get packages from the mail lady and go to the post office for real. They've joined scouts and get to interact with people there, mostly in their own age groups, so they are even getting an idea as to what age-segregation is like.
They don't have a socialization problem. I do.
But it is a sacrifice I am willing to make...
The TOS Crew Facebook Fan Page is sponsoring a question of the week every Tuesday. Socialization is planned for 1/26 and can be found here. I plan to participate as often as possible. Maybe this will even get me to join Facebook.