It's the age-old question, right? How do home-schooled kids get the socialization that they need? In all honesty, this is probably my number one worry about home-schooling Iris. This past year at her (amazing) school, it was ALL about figuring out how to navigate friendships. Of course, she learned an incredible amount of other stuff, but the under-current of her day-to-day was how the group worked and how she fit in to it. How to manage friendships. How to work it out when another friend wanted to join in to your play. How to go with your own ideas instead of following someone else. The list goes on. The past year was Iris's year to really sort a lot of that out. In fact, my one and only complaint about Iris's school is that her class size is so small that it didn't provide as much of those social experiences as I would have liked. There was a pretty small pool of friends for her to choose from. A pool of friends she has struggled with and found a lot of joy with.
And now here I sit contemplating home-schooling. While it wouldn't mean that Iris would never see any other children her own age, she would absolutely not get the experience of working on how to navigate deeper day-to-day relationships with other kids. Yes, we can go to play dates. And a whole slew of activities, but it's different than being with the same peer group on a daily basis.
So, my dear friends who home-school, what say you? What is your opinion on socializing home-schoolers when it comes to forming deeper relationships between kids?