As a homeschool parent, you may find yourself wondering how you are going to socialize your child. Rest assured, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize homeschooled children! 

Here are 8 ways you can socialize your homeschooled child:

1. Join a co-op: 
Joining a co-op is a great way to meet other families with similar educational philosophies. Co-ops often offer classes and extracurricular activities led by parents or professionals. This is a great way for your child to interact with their peers and learn new things.

You can also start your own co-op.  Check out my course "How to Organize a Homeschool Co-Op for Preschoolers".  In my opinion, this course can be used to outline a co-op for any age group.
Then, head over to my Preschool Curriculum where you will get all of the unit studies and activities you need to plan and organize your co-op.

2. Find a local playgroup
There are likely other homeschooling families in your area. Getting together for regular playdates or forming a small playgroup is a great way for your child to socialize. You can also look for broader homeschool groups in your area that organize field trips and other events.

I love Wild + Free.  Wild + Free isn't so much a playgroup but it's a group of like-minded parents that get together for fun and education.  So, it's a win win!

3. Get involved in extracurricular activities
Don’t forget that homeschoolers can participate in extracurricular activities too! There are often homeschool groups that participate in scouting, theatre, or debate leagues. This is a great way for your child to develop new skills and meet other kids with similar interests.

4. Take field trips
Field trips are a great way to learn about new things and meet other people. Many museums, zoos, and historical sites offer discounted rates or even free admission for homeschool groups. You can also look into taking special tours that are geared towards homeschoolers at various attractions.

5. Join a team
Sports teams are not just for kids who go to school! There are sometimes leagues specifically for homeschoolers, or you can look into joining an existing team as part of a church league or recreation department league. This is a great way for your child to stay active and make friends.

6. Attend support group meetings
As a homeschool parent, it’s important to have supportive relationships with other parents who understand the challenges and joys of home education firsthand. Support groups are often available through local religious organizations, online forums, or even the library system. This is a great way for you to find advice and encouragement from others who have “been there, done that."  It's also a great way for you to meet other parents that you can plan playdates with.

7. Host gatherings at your home
Your home can be the perfect place to host small gatherings of other homeschooling families or kids in the neighborhood. Having friends over for lunch, hosting a holiday party, or organizing summertime water balloon fights are all great ways socialize and grow connections.

8. Get out and about
Finally, don’t forget that there are many opportunities to socialize simply by getting out and about in the community! Go on family outings to the park, attend local festivals and fairs, visit the library, go on hikes…the possibilities are endless!

Rest assured, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize children who are homeschooled! By taking advantage of some (or all!) of these suggestions, you can help your child develop strong relationships and have lots of fun too!

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Xx Jeni



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