Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"What about social growth?"

Concerning the "socialization" question...

It might be useful to ask conversationally, "What do you mean?" It's very likely they don't know what they mean. It's a question asked out of very vague fear. If they have an answer, say "Can you give me an example?" It probably won't take much to lead them to see that they haven't really thought much about the topic.

Some home educating families feel that they're on trial, or at least being tested. If someone asks you something like "What about his social growth?" it's not an oral exam. You're not required to recite. You could say "We're not worried about it" and smile, until you develop particular stories about your own child. It's easier as your children get older and you're sharing what you *know* rather than what you've read or heard.

These might help, depending on the way the questions are coming along.

photo by Holly Dodd


  1. I love the bit where you say "this is not an oral exam". I quickly step into that role and it's so refreshing see a practical alternative to these types of questions. Thank you x

  2. Good one Sandra! I really don't know why we feel we HAVE to answer all these questions :-)

  3. This will come in handy for some of those Christmas family visits I'm already nervous about! Thanks!

  4. Reminiscences of my education (family and school), I still believe that I "have to" answer any questions, always and everywhere. Difficult to get rid of but I practice. Thank you Sandra!

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