When families home school, parents are often asked the question, “What about socialization?” Many people are fine with the academic achievement of home schooling but worry that children who do not go to school to interact with the same-aged peers daily lack the necessary social skills to grow into a well-rounded citizen. When people ask, “What about socialization?” what they don’t mean is, “How will my child learn how to be a decent, compassionate, communicative adult with healthy relationships?” What they mean is, “How will my child find friends?”
You may think that vision is the same as sight. But sight (20/20) provides the input for a child’s learning, while vision represents a complex system. When working efficiently, this system helps a person process, understand and relate new information to knowledge already gained.
Are you Room Mom material or more of a book fair coordinator? Maybe you just want to show up for an hour once in a while. Volunteering at your child’s school can seem overwhelming and inconvenient when you’re not in the right spot. If you’re not sure how best to serve, consider your personality first. Given the right role for your traits and talents, pitching in can be painless, and even fun! Use these broad personality types to help you decide where and how to plug in.
Do you remember lying awake for hours the night before the first day of school each Fall? I sure do. So many questions swirled around my brain. What did the year have in store for me? Would my teacher be nice? Would I make friends? Would I be bullied? Was my outfit okay? Could I handle the work? My anxiety was even higher in years when I was starting a brand new school.
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