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Socialising aspect of homeschooling

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  • Deepa Dumblekar
    I have just started homeschooling for my daughter from her 6th standard. Having attended school till the 5th standard, she I feel, misses company of peers. She
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 30, 2009
      I have just started homeschooling for my daughter from her 6th standard. Having attended school till the 5th standard, she I feel, misses company of peers. She does not have siblings at home.

      Homeschooling is benefitting her immensely as both of us see and she does mingle with the regular children in the evening when others return from school / tuitions.

      Yet, is there anything specific that can enhance socialising skills? Those of you who homeschool a single child please revert.

      I would be grateful.

      Thanks, Deepa
    • Sangita Vasuraj
      Hi Deepa, I have been homeschooling my three children for the last 7 years. My oldest was as old as your daughter when I pulled her out of school. Whilst I do
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 31, 2009

        Hi Deepa,

         

        I have been homeschooling my three children for the last 7 years. My oldest was as old as your daughter when I pulled her out of school. Whilst I do realize that things can a little different when we talk about single children, I also feel that when it comes to socializing, which is basically outside of the family, things are not very different. Apart from the fact that they did socialize in the evenings with children in the complex, I enrolled them in a lot of outside activities (which normally run through the year and unlike the so called ‘summer camps’). So, I put them into Alliance Francais to study French and I put them into elocution, drama and speech classes over the weekend.

         

        Basically, the point I would like to make here is that there are enough opportunities for the children to socialize. Come to think of it, I do not believe that today’s school environment gives the children enough time to socialize and how much of it is healthy is a completely independent debate!

         

        There is little you can do about her socializing skills. I presume that by ‘socializing skills’ you mean with children her age. They have to be self-taught, and will come about eventually. Just let her interact on her own and she will learn the necessary skills.

         

        As an only child, the only suggestion that I can give is to bring her up in a manner so that she is not made to feel like any only child. All other social skills will follow.

         

        Regards,

        Sangita

         

        From: alt-ed-india@yahoogroups.com [mailto:alt-ed-india@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Deepa Dumblekar
        Sent: 30 July 2009 17:13
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        Subject: [alt-ed-india] Socialising aspect of homeschooling

         

         

        I have just started homeschooling for my daughter from her 6th standard. Having attended school till the 5th standard, she I feel, misses company of peers. She does not have siblings at home.

        Homeschooling is benefitting her immensely as both of us see and she does mingle with the regular children in the evening when others return from school / tuitions.

        Yet, is there anything specific that can enhance socialising skills? Those of you who homeschool a single child please revert.

        I would be grateful.

        Thanks, Deepa

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