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Socializing homeschooled child

We homeschool our 16 year old nephew. He needs interaction, however, with others. We wanted to know what help you provide and any recommendations you have about how to get him the interaction with those his age and older? Need answers soonest.

~ Ramona

I do not homeschool, but what I do do for socialization with my nearly 12yo is I have her involved in youth at church. Our youth group is pretty active and she has already made several friends.
Also, in our area there are homeschool groups that get together and socialize and even meet to work on certain subjects. Such as they go to MAry's house to work on math on Tuesday and John's house on Thursday to do science.. things like that.
Church & youth group are good. That's where all of my kids' best friends are, but I would caution that the primary reason for his attendance needs to be spiritual, not social. So make sure the teaching is solid. The social aspect is just a nice plus. And, as Faith pointed out, homeschool support groups are good, too. You may also want to consider finding a volunteer position, especially one where he would be interacting with many people.
Dee- homeschool mom of 6
I would suggest participation in sports, dance, or other organized activities. Of course you will want to check them out in advance to be sure they are handled in an acceptable manner. Also church youth activities are a good place for socializing. Make sure you encourage the relationships with invitations to your home, etc. I used to think this would be a problem but I don't anymore. My neighbors children were homeschooled and are now in college. Neither of them has had any problems with being socialized. They are bright, popular young people.
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