Harriet Yoder chatted about various aspects of homeschooling with interviewer Rob Vail.
Transcript: What About Socialization?
Rob: I guess one of the biggest concerns that any new homeschooler might have is regarding socialization skills. Will my [child] get the socialization skills that they need if I homeschool? Can you tell us if there’s any kind of support groups or groups available that could help homeschoolers with that?
Harriet: Almost every city of any size has a homeschool support group. A lot of medium-sized towns have several support groups. They can range from really organized to kind of a loose let’s go do a field trip sort of thing. They can offer co-op activities to high school algebra or Spanish, or some courses that people don’t feel confident teaching themselves. The parents get together and say well I can teach science and somebody else says I can do art. You do science and I’ll do art. It works out really well. As the homeschool population increases in the next 10 to 15 years, I would say most towns will probably have a homeschool group. If you are living in an oasis or somewhere in the desert, there aren’t any people around anyway. You can’t blame that on homeschooling. I tell people if you think you are all by yourself, go start a homeschool support group. You’ll see there are other people out there. They just need to get in touch with each other.
Now that our children are grown, we can say that they are responsible citizens of the universe and that we didn’t warp them! Homeschooling is an accepted and successful method of teaching children.
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