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There is a common belief that homeschooled children are not well socialized. However, this is NOT true. In fact, positive socialization may be easier in a homeschooling environment. Here are 4 awesome benefits of homeschool socialization.
Avoiding Peer Pressure
Often, in public schools, there is pressure to fit in with certain groups of people. These groups can hold any number of beliefs, some of them not so great. Because a student feels this pressure, they often wind up repeating and following the same beliefs as the rest of the group rather than forming their own opinions. Independent thinking is an important life skill. Online education allows for parents, as educators, to foster this important skill as they teach academics. There is no pressure to fit in with homeschool socialization.
Along with avoiding negative peer pressure, homeschooling provides an environment free of bullying, which occurs far too frequently in public schools. Bullies prevent students from performing at their best, as they are constantly worried about what a bully might say or do. Since homeschooled students are never exposed to bullying, they are able to develop self-confidence, which can help them in many social situations.
Sometimes the best way to learn is through example. Online education allows parents to teach their children a set curriculum as well as teach them how to behave in a proper manner. Parents are able to demonstrate morals and attitudes in both the educational and home setting. Students are not being exposed to mixed messages by seeing one thing at home and another at school. And, since homeschooled students spend more time with adults than with children, they learn how to behave like adults at an early age. This enables them to act in a positive manner anywhere.
E-Learning doesn’t prevent homeschooled students from missing out on peer activities. Parents can involve their children in any number of extracurricular activities, such as sports for the town, martial arts or music. This gives their children the opportunity to interact with others their own age. Homeschool socialization is possible.
Homeschooling provides parents the ability to teach their children academics as well as how to act in public without worrying what their children might pick up in public schools. This environment makes positive socialization much easier.
We hope you enjoyed learning about these 4 awesome benefits of homeschool socialization.