I know the big concern for homeschoolers is socialization. And I have no fears that my kids will have the proper people skills. There are 4 of them. They know how to share. They know how to interact. They go out in public and act accordingly. I'm not really worried about socialization. I am however a little worried about socializing. There is a tremendous amout you can learn from other kids and other families. And I think we fall short in this area.
We are a family of introverts. Well, Paul and Cale aren't. They talk. To anyone. Sometimes Cale plays shy, but he's not. Now the rest of us....we don't talk. It's hard to make friends and socialize when you have a hard time talking to new people. Since I suffer from the same affliction it's hard for me to get out there and work for my boys.
We have a very light extracurricular schedule this fall. No enrichment classes. So sports so far. Cubscouts for my oldest is it. We are trying to add something...something within our budget....my oldest says no to everything. No soccer, no baseball, no swimming, no gym, no karate,no music lessons. I'm just going to have to force him.
I can tell they crave the interaction. When they see our neighbor they talk incessantly to him. His 8-yr old son has recently come to live with him and they have attatch themselves to him. He is not *my* ideal friend for them, but he is polite enough and nice enough but I can tell he's a video game kid and gets bored with them and their imagination toys. But give them a group of people and they cling to me. If I set up something with one of my friends- who mostly have kids 4 and under- they go on and on with the mom and play with the kids....but...others outside of a homesetting....they clam up.
So what does a house full of introverts do??