Some people still believe that "homeschooling socialization" is a contradiction of terms.
I've learned that the biggest misconception about home education is the belief that the kids have little to no exposure to the outside world.
I'm ashamed to say that I used to believe this myth. I didn't have anything against homeschoolers, I just didn't know any better.
So, before I made the big decision to homeschool, I asked many questions and did some research on this particular subject.
I wanted to make sure my kids weren't going to be one of those "unsocialized homeschoolers" (I'm sure many of you are laughing at this right now).
If you're still on the fence about whether or not to homeschool because of this issue, I want to reassure you. There are so many homeschooling socialization opportunities out there.
It may take some time to find activities or interests for them outside of the classroom, but it's worth the extra effort.
And homeschooling gives you the flexibility to schedule your extracurricular activities around your class time (or vice versa).
The newspaper, telephone book, or the Internet could all be resources.
You'll find people who teach piano, guitar, singing, dancing, martial arts, even horseback riding.
Check out these topics for ideas to get your child's social life into full swing.
Local homeschool organizations sometimes have organized sports, clubs, field trips, etc.
Tuscaloosa Home Educators (THE) organizes sports teams, field trips, choir, and more for students in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area (in Alabama). Membership is only $10/year. Contact Julie McLaurine for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boy Scouts of America
4-H CLUB Students may participate in contests, leadership groups, and workshops.
The Tuscaloosa 4-H also has special interest clubs your kids may be interested in, such as the Horse Club, Companion Animal Club, Consumer Science Club, and Shooting Sports Club.
Science Olympiad is a school-based team competition for grades K-12.
Geography Bee is a team competition for grades 4 through 8.
Volunteering for local charities. Check out the President's Volunteer Service Award site for ideas and learn how your child can earn an award for his/her service.