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I’ve finally had the chance to pick up most of the books I’ve been putting on hold all over the area:

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The only one I’m still waiting on is Holt’s Why Children Fail. (Btw, as an aside, I feel as though book titles are supposed to be underlined not in italics, but I cannot figure out how to do this from the WordPress app, so I apologize for this stylistic error, and hope you can forgive me)

Anyway, as exciting as the books all seem, it was difficult to choose where to start. So, I decided to take a look at The Well Adjusted Child, which discusses the “socialization issue,” inherently attributed with homeschooling. Within the first chapter the author describes the absolute magic of the homeschool park day, and I think she captures it remarkably well. It is truly a special site to see a mass of children and their families dominating every corner of a park in the middle of the day–particularly when the weather is nice. You have to experience it to believe it.

This also brings me back to the discussion of what brings us to homeschool. One of the aspects I didn’t realize until I experienced, and now immensely appreciate, is the capacity for deep friendships with sweet, thoughtful, and intelligent children. Homeschooling parents take the role of molding their children very seriously, and I have yet to encounter a homeschooled child who was a trouble maker or a bully. Brimming with energy and curiosity, and sometimes not so great at listening, sure, but mean spiritedness or rudeness are nowhere near common place.

Head down to your local park or children’s venue when it’s not a homeschool event, and you’d be surprised at how negative interactions can be at such young ages. I don’t think it is parents’ faults, nor necessarily those of the children , but I know from personal experience that teachers simply cannot be aware or involved in every single altercation between students. This doesn’t mean that parents should either, certainly children need to learn how to navigate social situations. However, parents with ratios of 1:3 or however many children versus 1:25 will certainly be more aware of what is happening to one particular hold at any given time, and this will be able to interfere and counsel if necessary.

So, a benefit I didn’t realize: socialization with incredibly sweet kids, and moms!

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