Written By Thalia Schertzer - 11 years old
As a homeschooler parent, you probably know that socialization is an important aspect of development. There are many ways to increase socialization for your children while homeschooling. In this article, we will explore tips and strategies to help your child develop social skills and form meaningful relationships with peers. Let's dive in!
Organizing play dates can be a beneficial way to encourage your child to socialize with other children. You can invite homeschooling families to come over for a day of entertaining activities, which will provide an opportunity for your child to interact with pupils their age and build relationships.
Role playing can be a very rewarding and fun experience. This is a one-on-one activity that you, as the parent, would complete with the child to help him/her develop social skills. First, you (the parent) come up with a scenario and have your child act out the role either assigned to him/her by you or chosen by him/her. This is a great activity to try out together, which also encourages bonding between you and the child. So why not give it a go and see just how much fun you can have together?
Consider joining a homeschool co-op or attending homeschool events to connect with other families and, in the process, make new friends. If none are available in the area, there are always ones that are or can be hosted online, for instance on Zoom and Google Meet.
If your child doesn’t already attend Sunday School (e.g. Junior Church, Awana, or Vacation Bible School) at your local church, this is a definite opportunity to instill some solid social skills while learning about Jesus - two loose ends with one!
Remember to pray about it. What bothers you bothers God, and He genuinely cares and wants what’s good for us more than anyone else (Ps. 138:8). This is probably the best tip of all.
Why did Tommy cross the road? To make it to the next playdate! But, in all seriousness, social skills are an essential component of a well-rounded education. Encourage your children to make friends, join cooperatives, and pray for guidance along the way. Remember to teach your children to interact with others in a Christ-like manner.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”—Matt. 5:16 (ESV)
Thalia is turning eleven this year. She lives with her mom, dad, and two siblings, as well as an older sibling who visits every weekend. She has three pets: a cat, a dog, and a lizard. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, play the piano, and go on photography trips!