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How to Find Friends

Real socialization doesn't have anything to do with "school." Real socialization is having fun! When we were homeschooling, we didn't meet other kids at co-op classes. We got together to have FUN! We went on field trips, went to park days, met at support groups, and had show and share evenings. There is so much fun to be had! If you are looking for an opportunity for your children to find new friends, don't get stuck in the rut of looking for a classroom setting. Look for a youth group, a volunteer opportunity, math or science club, musical group, or a job instead. Remember the priceless friendships of sibling, family, and church. Form a group of your own that meets for games, teen activities, fun at the park. Friendships happen when kids are having fun together, not when they are sitting in a classroom together. So search for activities that might interest your child, perhaps something they specialize in - or maybe just WISH they specialize in! My sons loved soccer, baseball, swim team, chess club, and youth group. They helped at Vacation Bible School, and taught classes (chess and charcoal drawing) to other homeschoolers. Finding fun is finding friends!

What fun activities do you do with your teenagers? How have they found their friends? Share your ideas!



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Guest - J W on Friday, 06 June 2008 16:44

It's so funny that you're writing about socialization today! We had an adventure today that really brought home how well socialized home schooled kids can be. I saw an article in the local paper about a group of senior architectural students holding an open house to present their concepts for improving the public spaces of our town. We trooped down to the open house as a home school field trip. Big Sis had the time of her life. She was quite comfortable hobnobbing with the Mayor!!! Next thing I knew, Big Sis and one of the students had their heads together over a sketchbook in the corner. They spent a good long time together, then they both came over to where I was watching Little Sis play. The student showed me the sketches. It turns out Big Sis had suggested a rather substantial improvement to a proposed sculpture and will get credit for it. If the city funds the project, Big Sis will have made a significant contribution!!! How cool is that? Socialization? NOT a problem!!!

Little Sis is not nearly as social and has problems with crowds. But - but - but... doesn't that mean home education has failed miserably in socializing this child? Nope. Today's event was definitely not her "thing." She could have spent the whole time whining, but instead she played quite nicely in a corner without disturbing anyone. She's working on being herself while still accommodating others to a reasonable degree. THAT is true socialization, and it is repeatedly demonstrated by a child who is markedly uncomfortable in most social settings!!!

It's so funny that you're writing about socialization today! We had an adventure today that really brought home how well socialized home schooled kids can be. I saw an article in the local paper about a group of senior architectural students holding an open house to present their concepts for improving the public spaces of our town. We trooped down to the open house as a home school field trip. Big Sis had the time of her life. She was quite comfortable hobnobbing with the Mayor!!! Next thing I knew, Big Sis and one of the students had their heads together over a sketchbook in the corner. They spent a good long time together, then they both came over to where I was watching Little Sis play. The student showed me the sketches. It turns out Big Sis had suggested a rather substantial improvement to a proposed sculpture and will get credit for it. If the city funds the project, Big Sis will have made a significant contribution!!! How cool is that? Socialization? NOT a problem!!! Little Sis is not nearly as social and has problems with crowds. But - but - but... doesn't that mean home education has failed miserably in socializing this child? Nope. Today's event was definitely not her "thing." She could have spent the whole time whining, but instead she played quite nicely in a corner without disturbing anyone. She's working on being herself while still accommodating others to a reasonable degree. THAT is true socialization, and it is repeatedly demonstrated by a child who is markedly uncomfortable in most social settings!!!
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