This is for sure. Your decision to home school your kids could raise a few eyebrows. People will express their concern, remind you of the benefits of going to traditional schools and of course warn you against homeschoolers not having adequate social skills. You can assure them that there are plenty of ways to develop social skills in your children at home. Here are a few ideas for homeschool socialization.
Use teaching aids
Teaching aids that specifically develop social skills in children can be of great help to you. Be it study materials, activity sheets or games, you can encourage your children to interact with others through them. Your friends or the local library may help you in finding such aids. Teaching materials for children with special needs can also come handy. Try different teaching aids and use those that satisfy your purpose.
Be the perfect role model
Children learn most of the things from us. So, be the perfect role model for them to learn how to interact with different people. Take your kids to grocery stores or market. Make them observe how you talk to the sales persons and other people in a social setup. You can encourage them to participate in the conversations too.
Play role playing games
Children love to imitate adults and you can teach them many things through role playing. Make role playing fun by using props. As for example, you can be the shopkeeper and ask your child to be a mom and buy a week’s ration. Make your child a toy shop owner and you become a child who wants a particular car. Such role playing would not only make your child confident of his social skills but also allow you to understand what to teach and how. Get your child into extracurricular activities Did your child enjoy role playing? Get him into a drama class. Depending on the likes and dislikes of your kids, you can choose extracurricular activities that would further improve their social skills. Group activities like dancing, drama and even sports provide good opportunities to children to pick up social skills.
Arrange group activities at home
You can invite other children at home and organize group activities. Your kids would enjoy the company of other children and learn a lot from sharing and interacting with them. Here is one super idea. Use the social media to find out about other homeschoolers in your area. Get in touch with their parents and ask them to join you in group activities. Learning becomes fun when you enjoy it. Encourage your children to share and make homeschooling an enjoyable experience for both of you.