Getting Together With Other Homeschooling Parents
Homeschooling can have many benefits for your child. It allows
for specific teaching styles to be implemented that suit your
child's particular needs, as well as creating a learning
environment that your child works best in. Homeschooling also
has economic benefits as well, if you consider the costs of a
private school education, and for this reason it seems to
becoming increasingly popular with each and every generation.
One of the drawbacks of homeschooling, however, is the concern
that your child is not surrounded by peers in the same way that
he or she would be in a public school system. Also, as a
homeschooling parent, you are dealing with lots of pressure -
the quality of your child's education rests entirely on you,
after all - and are probably dealing with many questions of your
own. One good way to address this is to make a point of getting
together with other homeschooling parents.
By meeting on a regular basis with other homeschooling parents,
you do a service to both you and your child. You will be able to
exchange ideas and teaching techniques with other parents. Most
importantly, though, you child will get a chance to interact
with some of his or her peers. Children at a young age can be
very impressionable and concerned with being different. All
every child usually wants to do is fit in.
It's important when homeschooling your child that you
acknowledge the fact that not everybody does it. This fact can't
be kept hidden from your child, and at some point he or she will
realize that lots of other kids go to school. That's why meeting
up with other homeschooling parents can be valuable for your
child, because they will see that they are not the only ones.
The child's fear of not being "normal" will be eased by seeing
and interacting with the other children.
There are many different ways you can get together with other
homeschooling parents. One of the best ones is to incorporate it
into the children's education. Keep in regular touch with other
parents, and if you find yourselves studying the same subjects
at the same time, suggest an appropriate field trip - in this
way you can replicate the public and private school experience
of combining your children's educational and social time.
Another good idea is to suggest a group project to be conducted
with another family. If another parent is also teaching a
biology unit, for example, you could suggest a that the children
work on planting a garden together on your property. When
studying zoology, a trip to the zoo would be enjoyable and
educational for both you and your children when conducted with
By keeping in regular touch with other homeschooling parents you
will do a service for your child's education and social
development. By exchanging ideas with other homeschooling
parents you can learn new teaching strategies, and at the same
time your will be teaching your children that they are not
alone, and not at all strange.