Saturday, 21 August 2010

Proof that I Socialise...

It always makes me giggle (and sometimes want to tear my hair out) when people say that home educated children don't socialise. The first thing that I get asked when I tell someone that I am home educated is nearly always "but what do you do about friends and socialising?". Well, to answer this question, I normally just say "I pretty much do what every other girl my age does", and that is either because a)- it is the first thing that pops into my head, or b)- it's the quickest way to explain. BUT, today I will give my precious readers the privilege of a longer answer.

I (as a home educated nearly 15 year old), socialise by going shopping, either with friends or on my own. Now, talking to the shop keeper working in my local co-op store is socialising in some form isn't it? And obviously when I go clothes shopping with friends, that's socialising too. I also socialise by going to various home education groups- we're not locked away under the stairs you know! At these home education groups, we can do various arts and crafts, play hundreds of games- in board game form or roleplay games-, sit and chat to each other, OR, go on various outings to various places together. Why just yesterday, I went to a village near us called Cockington, for a guided walk around Cockington Court, with a home ed group (where surprise surprise- we all socialised!!!). I had a wonderful day, and I learnt a lot. Need proof? Okay then...

Now, I spoke to every single one of those kids, and some of the grown ups too. I don't have any more photos of Cockington, because it was raining really badly yesterday. BUT, can you only socialise with friends? Or can you socialise with family too? Of course you can! We also went to Brixham yesterday, so this picture is of me and my siblings attempting to catch something in some rockpooling nets that we bought the other day. The beach had no rockpools, so we had to make do with the sea instead lol.

And sometimes, we just chill out at home:

We have been to Dawlish Warren and Decoy Park recently, with a home education group. We constantly meet up with friends in our home, and are always invited to go over to theirs. We meet up at parks, historical houses, tourist attractions, and other places of various educational interest. We have "not-back-to-school" picnics, and we are currently planning to have a home educators BBQ. So as you can see, we are not locked away all day, someplace dark. We are not forced to do schoolwork for hours on end. We do happen to get out and about, and meet friends. And we do enjoy ourselves, and have fun whatever we do.

I have the best friends in the world, and I am grateful for every single one of them :)

Chelsea xxx


  1. hi i havent been blogging for a while but im bak hehe i dont know do u rember me? x

  2. What a great post Chelsea :)

  3. Hey Chelsea,
    i love your blog as i am home-schooled too(at least to some extent). It irks me sometimes that people think i don't have friends or hang out just like any other girl my age. I do, i talk and go shopping and basically just hang out.
    Just saying. Anyway love your blog.

  4. What a lovely post, i will look forward to reading the rest of your blog now! I was very interested in homeschooling my little ones but my 5 year old really wanted to try school. Whether we are doing the right thing is something I question everyday. I would love to home educate.

  5. That's totally awesome that you get to make and be with friends. I love your hair, by the way!!

  6. chelsea it is lovely of you to share all this with us, lovely times spent with friends, and your home schooling is something that always interests me :)

    sarah (aka tiggertastic)

  7. That was a great post - really interesting, :). I think being home educated would be great fun, like all of the outings and clubs and things. :D


  8. Fabulous post :-)

    And thanks, as a mam who is going down this route with her little lad (soon to be four) - it is very heartening to read how much you love your life :-)

  9. Lovely account of your life, I see you have the gift of the gab, taking after your mum eh?

    Keep writing and I'll keep reading

    San x

  10. Hi Chelsea, I'm Eden, and I also do a blog(Edens Cyberworld.) I was home educated for seven years, but now I go to Parkstone Grammar school. I totally agree about what you said about socialising! People now, even, still ask me "What about friends?" and another of my favourites, "Is that legal?" !!!!!!! Just because we are home edded, it doesn't mean that we have no life! Anyway, rant over, I'll keep reading your blog if you keep posting, and it was nice to hear from you!

  11. Great post Chelsea! I'll be sharing with my peeps.


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