anathemad: (Homeschooling)
There was a question in a homeschooling community about who your children socialize with - other HS kids, kids that go to schools, or family...

My reply:
All of the above, as well as just the other people in the world. I do not limit who they can spend time with based on schooling, or age for that matter, so some of their better conversations happen with the people we interact with every day - learning about Japan from the woman that owns the sushi restaurant, or the way the machine works at the dry cleaners. During the day they tend to play with other HS kids, but after school lets out they play in the neighborhood with the traditionally schooled kids. Family is family, and we spend as much time together as we can, but we are fairly spread out.

I guess our view on socialization is that true socialization happens when you interact with the world, not just a small aged based peer group.


I never got along with, nor fit in with other kids my own age in large groups. Sure I had friends who were my age, but the were often a matter of convenience rather than true friendships. It probably took until high school until I started being friends with people I really liked and had things in common with. And many of those friends were up to 9 years older than me, and some younger as well.

As adults we don't restrict our friendships and interactions based on age. And if that is the type of socialization I am trying to prepare my children for, I am trying to teach that level of socialization now as well.

Encouraging this sort of socialization is not exclusive to homeschoolers by any means. As a matter of fact not all homeschoolers do it, but those kids that are well rounded are the ones that I general enjoy spending time with.
anathemad: (Homeschooling)
There was a question in a homeschooling community about who your children socialize with - other HS kids, kids that go to schools, or family...

My reply:
All of the above, as well as just the other people in the world. I do not limit who they can spend time with based on schooling, or age for that matter, so some of their better conversations happen with the people we interact with every day - learning about Japan from the woman that owns the sushi restaurant, or the way the machine works at the dry cleaners. During the day they tend to play with other HS kids, but after school lets out they play in the neighborhood with the traditionally schooled kids. Family is family, and we spend as much time together as we can, but we are fairly spread out.

I guess our view on socialization is that true socialization happens when you interact with the world, not just a small aged based peer group.


I never got along with, nor fit in with other kids my own age in large groups. Sure I had friends who were my age, but the were often a matter of convenience rather than true friendships. It probably took until high school until I started being friends with people I really liked and had things in common with. And many of those friends were up to 9 years older than me, and some younger as well.

As adults we don't restrict our friendships and interactions based on age. And if that is the type of socialization I am trying to prepare my children for, I am trying to teach that level of socialization now as well.

Encouraging this sort of socialization is not exclusive to homeschoolers by any means. As a matter of fact not all homeschoolers do it, but those kids that are well rounded are the ones that I general enjoy spending time with.

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