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Iamhomeschooling.com offers an abundance of resources for homeschoolers. Whether you are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or a seasoned homeschooler, you will find inspiration, great tips, and helpful advice. You'll find information about homeschooling in Florida here.

What About Socialization?

{IMAGE}Socialization is a hot topic when it comes to homeschooling.  People against homeschooling, and those who know very little about it, insist kids need to be in a school setting to learn socialization skills.  In reality, though, there is little positive socialization in a public school. First, a classroom full of children, all the same age, get to sit quietly at their desks for hours on end while being inundated with standardized practice tests. Then there is recess in which there is almost always a fight from some kid bullying some other kid. Next, they get to march to the lunchroom where the "popular" kids sit together in one group and the "unpopular" kids sit by themselves wishing they could look, dress, and be like their peers. What's more, they get to do this all over again the following year with the same group of kids.  What socialization skills are these children learning?

Homeschooled children, however, are continually exposed to different environments with children (and adults) of ALL ages.   Whether it's a weekly park day, a planned field trip, or a group activity, they learn to cooperate together and respect each other.   Between sports programs at the YMCA, volunteer work at the library, 4-H club meetings, and Scouts outings, homeschoolers learn to interact with adults and children of all ages, all walks of life, in all different surroundings. Homeschoolers aren't afraid to think for themselves, and they beam with self-confidence and self-worth.  Now that's positive socialization!

Teaching Qualifications for Home Educators

Are you wondering whether you are qualified to teach your children? Some states require certain certifications or educational levels (such as a GED or high school diploma), so the first thing you need to do is check the homeschool laws in your state.  Aside from that, YES! You most certainly are qualified! 

You have been teaching your children since the day they were born. You know your children's strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else.  (If you are planning on homeschooling in Florida, see Teaching Qualifications for Florida Home Educators.)

Many parents feel overwhelmed and out of their element at first, and one of their biggest fears is having to teach something they never learned or don't remember.  We are all guilty of putting information into our short-term memory to pass a quiz when we were in school. If you find you're lacking knowledge on a particular subject, take comfort in knowing that there are resources available to you.  You and your child can learn it together, your child can take the course online, or you can seek outside help from a tutor or another homeschooler.  If you have the desire to provide your children with the best possible education, you are qualified to be their teacher!

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