I am a homeschooling mom of boys (twins). I started off homeschooling them through 2nd grade. After 2nd grade I went back to work and they were enrolled in our neighborhood public school. They were there for 3rd and 4th grade. This year they started 5th grade and boy has it been disappointing! So much so, my husband and I decided that I would come back home and homeschool the boys.
Thus far the academic transition has been fine. Our concern is the social transition. They did make a few friends this year and they miss spending time with them. Can you give me any advice regarding ways to help them transition socially back home?
Grace, from San Antonio, TX
Thanks for the question. This is one I know a lot of homeschooling parents are struggling with. The amount of transitions back and forth –from traditional schools to homeschooling is high among homeschoolers. When that happens the curriculum is not the only thing that has to be figured out.
My advice is to try to nurture the relationships that your boys have established. What I mean by that is to go out of the way to allow them time together. Maybe you could even speak with their parents, explaining that you are homeschooling your sons and want to continue the budding friendship they have established with their sons.
In addition to that, look for (or create) social gatherings for your them to participate in his homeschooling world.
I hope this helps you and your boys as you both transition back to learning at home. Please let me know how it goes!
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