One of the great things about school is that it provides kids with the opportunity to make friends from all walks of life. However, it can sometimes be difficult for homeschooled kids to find friends, especially those their own age. Here are some fun ways
Get your child involved in extracurricular activities. There are a variety of extracurricular activities available for homeschooled kids, from sports teams to scouting groups. Getting involved in these activities is a great way for your child to meet other kids with similar interests. If your child isn’t into sports, seek out groups that focus more on art, or language. Some kids need a physical outlet, and others thrive when they are constantly learning. Find groups that deliver whatever experience your child is passionate about, and there are sure to be other like-minded kids there.
Summer day camps are a great way for kids to make friends, especially if they don’t attend a traditional school. Camp provides an environment for kids to explore new things and meet other kids from different backgrounds. There are camps available for all interests, from sports to arts and everything in between. If your child has a specific interest, chances are there is a camp out there that will pique their curiosity. It can be a great opportunity to meet other kids with similar hobbies and interests.
There are plenty of community events and activities that your homeschooled child can take part in. From parades to fairs and everything in between, getting involved in community events is a great way for your child to meet other kids and have a lot of fun. There are usually plenty of activities for kids to take part in, so your child is sure to find something they love. Perhaps there is a city mural project or an upcoming parade that kids can participate in. Your local community center or city office should have brochures and information on a variety of events that are sure to have plenty of kids to socialize with.
Social groups for adults are sure to turn up those with kids as well, and surely a group for parenting would. If you’re having a challenge finding kids in your child’s age range through traditional means, you may have to reach out through your own groups to find out who has kids who might be looking for new friends, too! This could be a great way to connect with other families, as well. You may find that some of the best friends your child makes are the children of friends new to you!
These are some of the most fun ways for homeschooled kids to organically make friends. Having just a few very good and loyal friends is far better than having many shallow relationships, especially when you’re young, so focus on quality over quantity and remember to support your child’s closest friendships.
By Meghan Belnap
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors and researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right hereand Twitter right here