Considering Homeschooling

 | March 20, 2008 9:01 PM

I have been considering homeschooling for awhile.  Recently we talked to the third homeschooling family we know and they suggested some books to read.  Based on those books I actually ended up borrowing a few others from the library and began reading “The Homeschooling Book of Answers.”

One of my biggest concerns is socialization.  Here is how one of the authors in the aforementioned book addressed this issue.

I define a socialized child as one who easily and cooperatively fits in with other humans, someone who has the skills to live in society…  Do children learn to be social beings in a confined, same-age group of other children?  Studies have shown that children learn to socialize in a positive way by spending time with people who love them and have a compelling interest in helping them learn to be a part of society.  They learn this skill by being with people of all ages and by following the models of the adults around them in a healthy way…  My experience has shown that children who have been with their families as their primary teachers are truly socialized.
– Michelle Barone

2 Responses to “Considering Homeschooling”

essny wrote a comment on March 25, 2008

why do you want to homeschool the kids?

mark.r wrote a comment on April 5, 2008

James Choung has commented to me that the homeschooled kids he’s known are unusually confident, almost to the point of stubbornness. They can be the slightest bit off socially though. That’s consistent with my extremely limited sample size.

Plus, it seems to me that homeschooled kids are overrepresented among spelling bee champions and similar competitions. Probably the bright kids are able to exploit their flexibility and can study at an accelerated schedule.

Care to comment?