Social Media and Homeschooling Guest Article – John Lewis
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Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular for a number of different reasons and one of the biggest challenges faced by any parents who decide to homeschool their children is to provide a healthy degree of socialization for their children.
One method for accomplishing this is to utilize the tools which are so readily at their disposal these days, including social media.
Social Registers for Parents
It’s not only the children who participate in homeschooling that need social connections. Parents who homeschool their kids need those social outlets as well, and social media platforms can be one means of achieving those essential connections.
Parents have the ability to bounce ideas about homeschooling methods and products with one another. They also get essential personal connections through social networking. Being a work at home parent or a homemaker and educator can leave one feeling disconnected, without the same kinds of social connections that others who leave the home each and every day to go to a worksite may have.
Social media can be a means of making those kinds of connections for parents who homeschool their kids.
Many individuals even find local connections with whom they can plan social outings that include the kids.
Homeschooled children can even take field trips together and participate in other educational related activities together, giving the kids and the parents the ability to interact with others on a fairly regular basis and still achieve their more focused and individualized education goals.
Social Interaction for Students
One of the big things that children gain through attendance of school in public and private facilities is socialization skills. They learn to communicate and interact with other kids, teachers, administrators, coaches and others. Providing such opportunities for homeschooled kids is one of the biggest challenges that parents face. Social media can provide answers.
Not only do kids have the ability to interact with other kids online but they can develop connections through parent-approved social networks to make local connections with other homeschooled kids. Children then have the chance to interact with one another in the real world, off line in recreational and educational activities.
Homeschooling parents can make connections where they actually co-educate their kids. They may meet up once or twice a week at different homes in order to conduct classes, science labs and other group learning activities. They can also set up monthly field trips or arrange outings that take place periodically throughout the year. The manner in which parents and kids utilize social media for homeschooling is entirely up to the individual parents, but there really are no limits to how it can be of benefit.
Social Media Options for Homeschooling
The best social media platforms for homeschooling are those which are actually designed with parents and homeschooled kids in mind. Sites like the Home School Register at http://www.homeschoolmedia.net/register, for example, provide kids and parents the ability to communicate online with others in similar situations around the globe.
These kids of sites also offer other interesting tools and resources, like the ability to start a school newspaper online which can be just another collaborative learning experience for homeschooled kids that give them the same kinds of benefits and opportunities that kids in traditional schools have exposure to.
About the Author
This post is a guest article written by John Lewis. John works at PriceCollate.