what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization
family life / homeschooling / socialization

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization

“Power shapes what a person does, influence shapes who they become“. Erwin McManus Apparently we were being watched. We had travelled to a new town and didn’t know many people, so we decided to wander around town. The roasted bean fragrance from the street lured me into a trendy coffee shop. Stranger-watching amused us, but … Continue reading

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart
homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning / socialization

homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart

I’ve got a homeschool mentor who has spoken more into my life than any other. She’s parented five. They’re all grown up now. She’s been through years and years of curriculum planning, and even years of unschooling, learning to do it right and letting go of that notion: that you can ‘do it right’. She’s … Continue reading

homeschool mama self-care: taking care of mama’s socialization
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices / socialization

homeschool mama self-care: taking care of mama’s socialization

Homeschool mama’s socialization? Interesting that homeschool moms are questioned about their kids’ socialization. Meanwhile, kids are being transported to many activities every week: co-op, science classes, theatre or piano practice, baseball games, playdates, jobs. It’s the mamas that are driving, coordinating, managing a house, helping small children, and teaching lessons. By the end of the … Continue reading

homeschool: performance opportunities
homeschool planning / homeschooling / socialization

homeschool: performance opportunities

When I was about six, I had the chance to be part of the sunday school Christmas presentation. I was the M of “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. But I wasn’t getting on stage to wish Jesus a happy birthday if my salvation depended on it. I had a bout of serious shyness (hard to believe when you … Continue reading

stats on the ‘s’ word: homeschool socialization quantified
homeschooling / socialization

stats on the ‘s’ word: homeschool socialization quantified

People question whether home educating is at least a little inappropriate for the mere disadvantage of its socialization issues. How could a child not survive without a cloister of twenty five same-aged people surrounding them eight hours a day? I know I can’t survive without them…oh wait, I can totally survive, actually thrive, without that. I … Continue reading

If you’re considering homeschooling…
homeschooling / socialization

If you’re considering homeschooling…

Early on as homeschoolers, we most frequently heard the questions:  Are homeschool academics adequate? and Will the children be socialized? Years later, my top two questions are: 1. If I’m homeschooling, how do I ensure time for myself, because parenting every moment of the day expends a LOT of goodwill energy (it can be an honest-to-goodness Mother Teresa … Continue reading