There are a lot of things to love about homeschooling. However, one thing that you might worry about is ensuring that your child is properly socialized. Plus, you might wish that you could catch a break yourself every now and then. Even though you might love homeschooling and spending time with your little one, spending time with your child 24/7 can be more than a little bit exhausting. Luckily, these tips can help your homeschooled child to develop social skills and can allow you some me time as well.
Consider Putting Your Child in Daycare
Have you ever thought about signing your child up to spend a few hours in daycare each week? It doesn’t have to be an everyday thing, and you can choose to send him or her in the afternoons when other school-aged children will be there. Even sending your child to daycare for just two or three hours a day, once a week, can allow him or her to get out of the house and spend time with other kids. Plus, you’ll have a scheduled time during the week when you can take care of errands or just have some time to yourself.
For a local daycare, contact an organization such as Ancaster Montessori School.
Enroll Your Little One in Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities like recreational sports teams, dance classes, karate lessons and other similar options can be a great option for any child, and they can be particularly good for homeschooled children. Your homeschooled child will be able to hang out with a mix of kids who are homeschooled and who are enrolled in local private or public schools, which can be a lot of fun. Plus, your child can learn a fun new skill and get active and out of the house. You can also generally drop your child off for practice or lessons, so you’ll have a little bit of time for date night or me time.
Plan Drop-Off Play Dates or Lessons with Other Homeschoolers
Consider making plans with other homeschool parents to have rotating drop-off play dates or even lessons. For example, you can have all the homeschoolers at your house for a few hours each week for science projects, and another parent can host a physical education session. It’s a great way to shake things up and keep your kids interested, and it can give all of the homeschooling parents in the area a little bit of a break.
Ensuring that your child is properly socialized is probably one of your top priorities as a homeschooling parent. However, you might not put a lot of thought into giving your own self a break. Luckily, following these tips can help you do both at the same time!