I love when my friend Jane writes about homeschooling. She's good at explaining, plus she, unlike so many homeschool-advice-dispensers, understands that homeschooling is above all individual. Kids are different, families are different, needs and circumstances are different. Homeschooling advice given without that understanding is dictatorial and guilt-inducing.
Here she talks about the dreaded gaps in education that many who do not homeschool or who are very new to homeschooling often worry about.
Jane adresses socialization as well. I find that homeschool-deniers will sometimes grudgingly admit that maaaaybe homeschooling's ok if the parents are vigilant about getting homeschooled kids involved in this, that, and the other thing, but most especially group activities, so that the children can be socialized.
I once faced a long and pointed conversation from a kindergarten teacher on this same subject. She admitted that a family she knew of was probably managing homeschooling well enough because the boys were in Scouts, a PE-program, sports, homeschool grou, homeschool co-op, they took field trips every week, and more. She thought this meant the boys were socialized. I thought it sounded like they were too busy. (Some of you reading this are going to assume I mean that Scouts and other activities are bad. I do not. But the participation in such does not guarantee socialized children.)
January is a hard, hard month for many homeschooling mommies. Winter's got us down, we're halfway through the school year (if we follow the school's schedule of Sept-June, with summers off, which I don't, but that's another post). Jane's posts come at just the right time.