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April 12th, 2011, 01:32 PM
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No Thank You, We Don't Believe in Socialization - SAHERO

She'll be fine.

"Socialization" doesn't mean learning to sit in a room all day every day with kids whose birthdays coincidentally fall within 1 year of your own or learning how to stand in line, and it doesn't take 13 years to learn those things. It means learning how to communicate with others on many different levels. Homeschoolers learn to communicate with a wide variety of people. For example, my son is in a homeschool bowling league right now for kids aged 3 to 18, and it meets at the same time as the retirement community's league. He talks to old people all the time and has no problem doing so. His best friends all range in age from 4 to 7, and although he has several friends who are girls, he gravitates toward boys just like any 5 year old boy would. They talk about all the typical stuff boys talk about ... Star Wars, the latest Lego mini-figure they've acquired, killing bugs with a stick, etc. Not weird at all.

You can join homeschool groups in your area (secular or all-inclusive), attend co-op classes, attend classes at a science center or rec center, attend special events at museums, and things like that. Some libraries (like ours) have storytimes for children up to age TWELVE, not just age 4. You can find art classes, drama clubs, chess clubs, lego clubs, summer camps, etc. You can go to a public place during normal school hours, look around to see if there are any kids who are obviously school-aged, and talk to their parents, because they're probably homeschoolers. There are a zillion ways to find friends, and once she finds a few that she really likes, you can have them over for playdates more often than the common ground in which you first met.

She can still have neighborhood friends who are public schoolers, too.
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