Homeschooling tips in terms of the social calendar

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You know, the biggest concern people have about homeschooling is socializing, whether their kids can make friends with other kids. And it's the question most homeschooling families get is "How do your kids socialize?" When really, it's kind of a funny question, because my kids have more of a social when we home-school than when we're in more of a traditional school setting. And the reason is because whenever you're not managing a classroom full of kids, you're tutoring just a few, you can be done with the academic part by lunchtime. So, you've got the entire day to play with other kids, to go take community classes, to be involved in sports and other activities. And so, really, it's kind of a no-brainer for us to get our kids out in the world whenever we're homeschooling. So, my family has done both traditional school and homeschooling, and we have found that our kids get more of a natural socialized environment when we home-school than when we do traditional school, and that's because they're around kids of all ages and other adults. And so there's no compartmentalizing children by age. It's the eight year old interacting with the five year old and the seventeen year old, and interacting with other adults. Just like more of the real world.

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Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 60 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom, which was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. She was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents Magazine, and more. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the 'publish' button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage. Tsh also records a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

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