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I gotta share this with you all, since I don't know many homeschoolers in real life... came in my email today!

"That Dreaded "S" Word

It seems that the question most often asked of homeschooling
parents is
"What about socialization??

Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging
playing ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching. Eventually,
they begin to talk. ...

W1: Hi. My name is Maggie. My kids are the three in red shirts --
me keep track of them.

W2: (Smiles) I'm Terri. Mine are in the pink and yellow shirts. Do
come here a lot?

W1: Usually two or three times a week, after we go to the library.

W2: Wow. Where do you find the time?

W1: We homeschool, so we do it during the day most of the time.

W2: Some of my neighbors homeschool, but I send my kids to public

W1:: How do you do it?

W2: It's not easy. I go to all the PTO meetings and work with the
every day after school and stay real involved.

W1: But what about socialization? Aren't you worried about them
cooped up all day with kids their own ages, never getting the
opportunity for natural

W2: Well, yes. But I work hard to balance that. They have some
who're homeschooled, and we visit their grandparents almost every

W1: Sounds like you're a very dedicated mom. But don't you worry
all the opportunities they're missing out on? I mean they're so
from real life --
how will they know what the world is like -
- what people do to make a living -- how to get along with all
different kinds of people?

W2: Oh, we discussed that at PTO, and we started a fund to bring
people into the classrooms. Last month, we had a policeman and a
come in to talk to
every class. And next month, we're having a
woman from Japan and a man from Kenya come to speak.

W1: Oh, we met a man from Japan in the grocery store the other
and he got to talking about his childhood in Tokyo. My kids were
absolutely fascinated. We
invited him to dinner and got to meet his
wife and their three children.

W2: That's nice. Hmm. Maybe we should plan some Japanese food for
lunchroom on Multicultural Day.

W1: Maybe your Japanese guest could eat with the children.

W2: Oh, no. She's on a very tight schedule. She has two other
to visit that day. It's a system-wide thing we're doing.

W1: Oh, I'm sorry. Well, maybe you'll meet someone interesting in
grocery store sometime and you'll end up having them over for dinner.

W2: I don't think so. I never talk to people in the store -
not people who might not even speak my language. What if that
man hadn't spoken

W1: To tell you the truth, I never had time to think about it.
Before I
even saw him, my six-year-old had asked him what he was going to do
all the oranges he
was buying.

W2: Your child talks to strangers?

W1: I was right there with him. He knows that as long as he's with
he can talk to anyone he wishes.

W2: But you're developing dangerous habits in him. My children
talk to strangers.

W1: Not even when they're with you?

W2: They're never with me, except at home after school. So you see
it's so important for them to understand that talking to strangers
is a
big no-no.

W1: Yes, I do. But if they were with you, they could get to meet
interesting people and still be safe. They'd get a taste of the real
world, in real settings.
They'd also get a real feel for how to tell when a situation is
dangerous or suspicious.

W2: They'll get that in the third and fifth grades in their health

W1: Well, I can tell you're a very caring mom. Let me give you my
number -- if you ever want to talk, give me call. It was good to meet

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Thanks for sharing that!
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