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!!!