Why do so many people Home school their kids?

South Africa
November 10, 2006 8:53pm CST
It seems like everyone is homeschooling these days. Don't you worry that your children won't get enough social interaction?
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• United States
19 Nov 06
Well said crowefamily! I, too, have done both public school and homeschool. Absolutely depends on how you handle your homeschooling. It is important to have well rounded children. I think my kids and I have more fun homeschooling than public school because we get our work done, but have fun doing it and do field trips to really "remember" what we learn.
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• South Africa
28 Nov 06
That's a great advantage - being able to take your kids on fun field trips must be fantastic! I wonder how many parents have the time, budget or imagination to be able to keep up such a fun homeschooling routine? It sounds like you are doing a great job though!
• United States
13 Nov 06
people have a ton of different reasons for homeschooling: religious convictions, avoidance of school violence or bullying, special needs children's educational plans insufficient at public schools, things like an 'overachiever' 5th grader who NEEDS to study 5 foreign languages at once to be happy are some examples. but of all the homeschooling families I've known, they all had outside activities and events for their children, things like a community band or sports team, study groups, field trips, that kind of thing and I think that the concern over lack of adequate socialization is way overestimated.
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• South Africa
28 Nov 06
I immediately regretted the phrasing of my question after I had posted it. I apologize for sounding so critical! I can see that there are many valid reasons for keeping children from school and I appreciate your thoughful post. I had never really considered these things because we have never had any of these problems. I would still worry about my child not having enough interaction though - at school interaction is constant; it's almost part of the fun. Maybe by homeschooling your children miss out on some of the more fun aspects of school?
• United States
14 Nov 06
Homeschooling does not mean no social interaction. That's a huge myth. In fact, your kids will get quality social interaction with homeschooling that they might not get plugged into a situation with the same kids day in day out doing the teacher's chosen routine. With socialization it comes down to what you think positive social interaction is. Is it sitting in a specified place learning what someone else thinks should be anorm with kids you are forced to deal with day in and day out, or is it exploring quality interaction with children and people of like interest while you learn hands on with a variety of different teachers? I've homeschooled and public schooled my kids. Public school is simply a supplement to my homeschooling activites.
• South Africa
28 Nov 06
It's interesting that you have tried both - are your children homeschooled now or do they still attend school occasionally? I can see your point about being able to create more positive interaction than might have otherwise occurred in the school environment. Thanks for the thoughful response :)
• United States
23 Nov 06
There are plenty of ways to get socialization but sitting in a classroom facing the blackboard all day with kids your exact same age isn't socialization.
• United States
3 Dec 06
I agree. With home schooling, my children interact with other children of all different ages. Usually, until children get into the higher grades, they tend to only interact with children who are their peers (ie their same age). My children have gotten a lot of positive things from interacting with children of different ages in that they are a lot more mature than most kids their own age.
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@kawillow74 (1417)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I know one kid that get home schooled and they are doing it because he did not want to attend his new school. If I liked in a rough city I probley would home school my kids. And sometime I think they learn more the schools are going down hill.
• South Africa
4 Dec 06
But don't you think that going to a "rough school" might equip your child with some great and necessary life skills? I can see your point about schools becoming worse and worse... Thanks for your response!
@sororravn (449)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I homeschool my children and they had no problem with social interaction. As far as missing out on the more fun things at school, I would take my children on field trips. We would make frequent stops at the reptile store that was next door because the first time that I took them there they had a blast! They would request to go back so that they could learn more about reptiles!
• South Africa
4 Dec 06
That does sound like fun! Makes me wish my mom had home schooled me :P Thanks for the response!
• United States
21 Nov 06
I homeschool my 3 kids. They have friends and enjoy social events. They are less conserned with what is popular, have good self-esteem, and make new friends easily.
• South Africa
4 Dec 06
It's wonderful to hear so many positive stories of home schooling. How do you encourage them socially? How do they get invited to these social events? I guess what amazes me the most about home schooling is the amount of work you parents must put in!?
• Malaysia
22 Aug 07
If I have a kid I will not let him home school. I think being in a proper school with other peers his own age teaches him how to socialize. Socializing is a very important skill needed to survive in this world. Without the skill, many people will fail in their life miserably.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I thought about it and then realized that i would be doing my kids more harm than good, children need social interaction in order to have good relationships with people in the future and to be able to interact with society. If you keep kids away from others too long they will have no idea how to cope with all the people and different ideas out there. This is just my opinion so don't anyone get offended please.
• Canada
4 Dec 06
i dont knoe why they home school them i feel that more children that are home schooled are more whinny.