Being socially adept is usually the first concern of anyone unfamiliar with homeschooling. In fact, this was my husband's first question when I suggested homeschooling of our children. Well, anyone who knows me at all would testify to the extreme social nature I have always had. I was home schooled until 7th grade and did not live a seclusive, separate life from the world.
There has been much research done on this subject. Dr. Larry Shyers conducted research in 1992 to determine if home school children were socially retarded compared to public or private school children. The results were overwhelmingly on the side of the home schooler. In fact, public/private school children were much more likely to have behavior and social problems than those who were home schooled.
Learning to be socialized with a group of peers and 1 adult is far less likely than learning how to interact in society by watching the examples of parents and other children with their parents.
Dr. Raymond Moore, author of over 60 books and articles on human development, has done extensive research on this topic. "The idea that children need to be around many other youngsters in order to be 'socialized,'" Dr. Moore writes, "is perhaps the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing today." After analyzing over 8,000 early childhood studies, Dr. Moore concluded that, contrary to popular belief, children are best socialized by parents -- not other children.
So, if you are reading this because you already are or are thinking about homeschooling, I hope the facts are proof enough.
If you are reading this and have children in public/private school, you still have a significant influence on your children. According to the School Improvement Research Series, "All the research studies which address these areas (attitude toward school or toward particular subject areas, self-concept, classroom behavior, time spent on homework, expectations for one's future, absenteeism, motivation, and retention) found that parent involvement has positive effects on student attitudes and social behavior."
Overall, the more involved the parent in their children's lives, the better academic, social, and emotional development of the child. My goal is also to develop my children spiritually by revolving everything they learn around the God who made it all.
People say all the time that they could never do what I am doing. Not only do I believe anyone "can" do it, I believe it is one of the best things I am doing in my kids lives right now.