When making the decision to homeschool, one of our daughter's biggest concerns was socialization. Changing from a daily schedule of before-and-after school care plus full-day school to being an only child who homeschools would be a big change so we wanted to be sure there would be opportunities for interaction with other children. As it turns out, we didn’t need to be overly concerned. With a little research, we’ve been able to find plenty of programs and drop-ins for homeschooled children and families where kids have the chance to work together. An added benefit of our traveling is having the chance to work with children and facilitators from different areas of the U.S. and Canada. Nothing can beat hands-on learning for bringing a subject to life for a child.
We try to take advantage of opportunities here at home as well. One of our ventures last year was Home School Day at the Calgary Zoo (sadly they are not currently offering a homeschool program.) This program had the advantage of covering areas of the provincial curriculum so we could fit it in easily with our desired learning outcomes.
|Learning about lifecycles|
|Learning about all of the things that are made from plants, including ginger ale|
I really appreciated how the instructors made sure to keep all of the students involved and to make sure they had opportunities to interact and work together during the sessions. Attending homeschool days at local (and far away) venues certainly enriches our homeschool.