One of the most common questions homeschoolers get is, “Well what about socialization?” There are many sites online that debunk this homeschooling myth that children never see the light of day and don’t know how to get along with others so I’m not commenting on that here.
Being a part of a homeschooling network in Dubai or anywhere greatly reduces the isolation factor and allows the kids to interact with peers. Over the past couple of months as a part of NEHA my children have greatly benefited from the organized activities. Although they each have extra curricular activities (ice skating, drama, gymnastics, baseball etc, they always look forward to the outings. With other homeschooling kids they’ve, played at the park, explored Dubai through walking, the metro and by abra, visited the Sharjah Wildlife Center and created and participated in clubs. Those enrolled in the k12 program also have weekly optional activities. My eldest have had the opportunity to listen to a children’s book author, explore behind the scenes of the hospitality industry, travel back in time at the Abu Dhabi Heritage village and much more. Over the years and in various groups not affiliated with any school they have: visited a planetarium, 2 dairies, Capri Sonne, had workshops at the Islamic Civilization Museum in Sharjah, had public speaking opportunities, participated in charity events the list goes on. But most importantly they’ve had fun learning every step of the way. I find that homeschooling gives us the freedom to explore in ways that are different to what a traditional school has to offer. We are looking forward to what the rest of the school year has to bring, making new friends and cultivating relationships with the old.