The 2016 California Homeschool Conference tackled relevant issues on homeschooling such as children’s different learning styles, new teaching techniques, and aiming for better outcomes of the homeschool curriculum. However, one of the compelling topics is how to improve socialization and instill good social skills to homeschooled children.
Importance Of Social Skills
According to Jeffrey Arnett, socialization is necessary to build one’s personality through learning the norms and culture by engaging in the environment. Therefore, interaction with other people is essential in a child’s development. It instills values and attitudes that a one on one lesson time cannot teach such as:
- Friendly competition
- Social awareness
- Adjusting to different kinds of personalities
Improving Socialization By Engaging Your Kid
One way to engage your kid with other people or children his or her age is to participate in various extracurricular activities. Here are some enjoyable things to do for homeschooled children:
- Summer Camps
Unlike the traditional school setting, summer camps are consist of outdoorsy activities wherein your kid can meet other children and build camaraderie and form friendships.
Whether it is an individual or a team sport. Your kid will learn hard work, discipline, and competition with participating in this activity. Your kid will be able to meet a lot of people from trainers to competitors. Furthermore, a sports activity is known to build good character for people as well as athleticism.
- Family Outings
Vacation trips are short term compared to the first two. However, it is an activity that the whole family will enjoy. Going to a new place will expose your kid to different customs, culture, and personalities of other people.
- Educational field trips
Many homeschool curricula include outside of the house learning experiences such as visiting museums, science centers, and scenic landscapes. Unlike vacations, there is a focus on learning more than fun and leisure.
In A Nutshell
Developing socialization among homeschooled children is not rocket science. As a parent, you only have to bring your kid outside the house to meet and interact with people. Socialization develops naturally, but a child can acquire good social skills through consistent exposure to people outside the family.