How to Socialise Your Homeschooled Teenager

How to Socialise Your Homeschooled Teenager

Education isn’t just about intellectual development, but the social development of students too. The classrooms, hallways and playgrounds are where students develop the social skills they need to be understanding, compassionate adults with top communications skills. However, socialisation doesn’t always turn out perfect in mainstream schooling. Bullying, peer pressure, competition between students and isolation can all lead to students feeling on their own, even in a year group of hundreds.

This is the reason many parents switch to homeschooling, as a way to remove their child from this hostile environment and provide them with positive memories of their education. However, how can you ensure that they start to have positive socialisation which helps them develop these vital skills?

Socialisation is incredibly important for children of all ages as they create friendships and learn the skills needed to travel through life. Social skills are used every day from the way we speak and listen to others to the way we work in a team, and the friendships and relationships we make. If you have removed your child from mainstream schooling and not provided adequate opportunities for them to socialise, then this can impact their happiness, education and future careers and relationships.

At Your Home Education, we understand the vast needs of our students. The way we teach, the structure of our day and the online learning platform all enable our students to socialise with one another in a safe and positive environment, benefiting their education on the whole. Please keep reading to learn more about how we strive to ensure our students make strong relationships with their peers.

Houses and Homerooms

At Your Home Education, we have four Houses, one of which your child will be sorted into based on their personality and educational needs. This ensures that they are surrounded by like-minded people, encouraging them to socialise during homeroom, breaks and lunchtimes. Even the shyest child should feel comfortable grouped with people who share the same interests and views, ensuring they have the opportunity to create lasting friendships. 

By having houses and homerooms, Your Home Education can ensure students become familiar with one another and develop long-lasting relationships. This can benefit their education as they attend homework clubs and help each other to understand their lesson content and work as a team. 

Group Activities

Socialisation even takes place during their lessons. Our unique teaching methods and belief in creative learning ensure that every lesson has a component where students will work in pairs or groups to complete an activity. This group work guarantees students gain the vital social skills they need to complete similar tasks in adult life in an office or workplace scenarios.

Regular group activities ensure your child can work with multiple students in their lessons, getting to know everyone, establishing connections that can turn into friendships. It also gives your child the chance to work on their negotiating and reasoning skills, so they can handle and respond to situations where people may have opposing views in the future. Mainstream schooling can be very hit and miss with classroom activities as it is often very dependent on the teacher’s preference. Many will want to get on with the day with textbook activities, and your child may rarely have the chance to take advantage of socialisation in the classroom. At Your Home Education, we never miss an opportunity to encourage students to work together, developing both their intellectual and social skills.

After School Clubs

Socialisation doesn’t have to end with the last lesson. At Your Home Education, we have several after school clubs for your child to partake in no matter their favourite subject or hobbies. By encouraging your child to spend the extra time after their school day trying out something new or doing their homework with their fellow classmates, you can extend their socialisation further.

After school clubs are also a great way to help your shy child to make friends as these workshops and activities are more relaxed than regular lessons, allowing more socialisation to take place. Each club is led by a tutor monitoring interactions to ensure everything is positive, and students are encouraged to work with one another to solve problems and have fun.

Please check out our website to learn more about Your Home Education and the fantastic online school and tutoring we offer children from Primary age to A-Levels. We understand the importance of socialisation in schools and strive to make our environment one of fun, happiness and group learning. By removing the opportunity for conflict between students and ensuring there is always respect between them, our online learning platform is a place for safe socialisation.

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