table discussions ranging from politics to
good manners to what Susie did today;
laundry-folding “parties” are punctuated
with remarks about current affairs; drives
for take-out pizza echo with “choir practice” (singing along with the radio). Why
would you want to give this precious job
to anyone else?
A support group
draw people closer
to the heart of God.
“Train up a child in the way he should
go: and when he is old, he will not depart
from it” (Proverbs 22: 6). God makes it
clear that parents are well equipped to
train their children, to guide them into
the Father’s arms and help pave the way
for His will to be fulfilled in their lives.
Therefore, you carefully consider what’s
best for your child spiritually, intellectually, and socially.
Providing socialization for home-schooled kids is a hot topic, one that
homeschooling parents dread to research; it’s a tricky business. What if Johnny comes home carrying drugs? What
if Susie learns some choice vocabulary
that is not found in the Bible? Socialization is beneficial, some science journals
and education experts tell us, because it
infuses the learning experience with an
applied group factor that homeschooling
is sometimes unable to provide. To procreate socialization, you must surround
yourself with environments that encourage it. Scary thought, right?
Fortunately, support systems that en-
courage group learning and interaction
with like-minded students are available
to homeschoolers. A great option many
homeschoolers seek is participation in
a cooperative group, i.e., co-ops, which
provide excellent opportunities for so-
cialization. Regular meetings and classes,
most of which require peer cooperation
and homework, build a sense of team-
work. For parents who struggle with un-
willing students, this kind of classroom
setup might be a great way to introduce a
unique learning environment or encour-
age independent research. And since
many co-ops are taught by parents other
than yourself, you can get a break from
teaching your own kids! Sounds like the
perfect plan, right?
Lindsey Narmour is a homeschool graduate, happy sibling to three sisters, and
proud daughter of Michael and Ginger.
Lindsey is completing her (debt-free!) associate degree at Virginia Western Community College and plans to pursue English. An avid writer, she is published in
various venues and also enjoys good books
and black coffee. You may contact Lindsey