Homeschooling comes with a unique set of challenges, including how to help your homeschool students fit in when they take part in social situations.
After all, we have all felt lost in a crowd at one point or another looking for a friendly face or an empty seat at a table of new acquaintances. Trying to fit in can be an uncomfortable feeling.
For students, a traditional school setting is filled with anxiety and uncertainty, particularly in social settings like the lunch room or recess. We would like to think that providing a home education for our students is the answer to this challenge, but it is not.
Students grow emotionally and socially when they interact with fellow students of all ages. Finding ways for your homeschool students to develop the skills of adaptability and self-confidence can be challenging. But, this can be achieved through participation in these three outlets.
1. Group Classes Help Homeschool Students Fit In
Classes outside the home are an important way to give your child the experience of working on projects in a group setting.
These classes such as art, music and foreign language are typically offered through a local instructor or as a dual credit course at your local college or university. Students will often flourish through the collaborative efforts of working in a group.
2. Elective Activities: More than Sports
Elective activities are defined as “chosen by the student rather than being compulsory.” This is another way to help your student develop interpersonal skills in a group setting.
Involvement in sports teams is a great example. Other examples of group activities include church youth groups, community choirs, drama and dance groups.
3. Join a Homeschool Support Group
A fantastic way to involve your child with their peers is to join a local homeschool support group. You can find a regional co-op or support group for field trips, contests and support for families in their homeschool journey.
Being a part of a local support group is a great way to meet like-minded people, create friendships that span years and find educational resources.
If you would like to find a local support group in your area, search the local groups in Texas by zip code. This is an important way to help your homeschool students fit in.
– For more information about how THSC supports you in your homeschool journey through group activities and support groups, read these resources on the THSC website.
You can also receive more resources when you sign up to become a THSC member. Take advantage of these additional benefits by joining THSC today as we continue Keeping Texas Families Free!