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HS Article #5: What do you do all day?

So far in my article series, "A Question of Homeschooling," I've shared four of the most common questions homeschoolers are asked: Why do you homeschool?, Is homeschooling legal?, What about socialization? and Do you KNOW anything?.  This week I want to share something that happened to me recently. My son has been taking a gymnastics class once a week this year.  Since they had no classes during the middle of the day, they were willing to allow homeschoolers a significant discount.  My son loves it.  His favorite thing is the trampoline. They had two full classes during the school year.  Unfortunately, most of the kids were taking the summer off so they reluctantly combined the two classes which ended up...

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HS Question #3: What about Socialization?

Continuing my series of articles, “A Question of Homeschooling.”   Last week I answered the question, “Is homeschooling legal?”  This week I will answer the most common question homeschoolers are asked, What about socialization? There are really two reasons people ask this question.  One is because they are truly seeking to understand how homeschoolers get along not seeing the same group of children each day.  The other is because they are under the false impression that homeschoolers lock their children in a closet until they graduate and by then, they are so weird, lonely and devoid of social skills, they are incapable of getting along in the "real world." First, I want to share some of the truths of socialization and...

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