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The issue of socialization is quite possibly the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling.

Popular opinion assumes that children need periods of interaction with a group of peers to acquire social skills. By contrast, however, many believe that extensive peer contact during childhood can cause undesirable peer dependency.

Do not be deceived: `Bad company corrupts good morals.' (I Cor. 15:33 NAS).

Young children are more likely to be influenced by the majority than to be an influence on them. Children who receive their education outside the home are prone to accept their peers' and teachers' values over those of their parents.

Some advantages of freedom from peer pressure can be self-confidence, independent thinking, the ability to relate to people of all ages, and better family relations.

Godly principles of interaction can be taught, demonstrated, and reinforced at home by parents. Children can learn needed social skills by interacting with siblings or other children and adults under their parents' supervision. Young people who have had this type of training have adjusted very well to adult life.

You can help your children build lasting Christian friendships with people of all ages as they interact with church and family friends.

Dr. Brian Ray reports that numerous studies have found that home educated children are as well adjusted socially and emotionally as students in conventional school, or better.

Andrew Nikiforuk stated in Chatelaine magazine (March, 1994) that given the strong emphasis homeschoolers place on character development, the argument that children schooled at home are brought up in a bubble and can't cope in the real world just doesn't hold.

Author Ray E. Ballmann states that homeschoolers on average score higher than their conventionally schooled peers in tests that measure both self-concept and sociability. A young child learns good sociability primarily by watching and mirroring. Do you want your child to model after you or after his peers, after his teacher at school or his teacher at home? What kind of socialization do you want for your child, positive or negative?

FAQ Articles List

  • How do we get started? +

    Here are some suggestions to help you get started: Agree together as husband and wife on your decision to homeschool. Read More
  • What are the future trends in homeschooling? +

    Mike Farris, one of North America's homeschooling pioneers predicts that the return to classical education in terms of curriculum content Read More
  • What are higher education and career preparation options? +

    Several institutions throughout North America have welcomed home-educated student. "Many of these schools actively recruit home-educated graduates because of their Read More
  • What about children with special needs? +

    Homeschooling is especially suited to children with special needs regardless of the type or severity of the disability. Many parents Read More
  • What about my talented or gifted child? +

    Homeschooling is also growing quickly as the educational practice of choice for parents of children who are particularly gifted or Read More
  • What are some of the difficulties? +

    The following are some common difficulties along with some suggested solutions. Lack of confidence. At first you may lack confidence Read More
  • How can we teach several children at once? +

    Subjects such as Bible, science, history, and literature can be taught to several grade levels of children together. Lessons can Read More
  • How much time does it take? +

    Homeschooling requires a time commitment, but not as much as you might expect. One-to-one tutoring is more efficient than classroom Read More
  • What methods do homeschoolers use? +

    There is no one right way to homeschool. There is no one right method or curriculum. As an artist has Read More
  • What educational materials are available? +

    Fine materials developed for Christian and private schools are available to home educators. With the huge growth of the homeschool Read More
  • What about socialization? +

    The issue of socialization is quite possibly the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling. Popular opinion assumes that children need periods Read More
  • Why do families homeschool? +

    Many Christian parents are committed to educating their children at home because of their conviction that this is God's will Read More
  • Are parents qualified to teach their children? +

    You know your children better than anyone and have the deepest love and concern for them. You also have the Read More
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