Socialisation skills and homeschooling
An open letter to all of the people who’ve ever said “Kids need to learn social skills at school so they are ready for the real world”
Off in the distance is an 8 year old boy. A boy who not so many years ago had major issues interacting and communicating with anyone, let alone children, a child who would run screaming when a butterfly flew towards him, a child who would cry when a stranger made eye contact with him and tried to interact.
Off in the distance is an 8 year old boy who today approached a group of children who are not his peers. He asked to join their game of cricket, after joining their game, 3 unknown dogs ran out and sniffed him, a few minutes later an adult who was a total stranger joined in on their game.
Off in the distance is an 8 year old boy who over the past 4 years has learnt to pick and choose his peers, learnt to control his education using his interests, learnt to push his own limits, at his own pace. The lack of being forced to interact with a large group of his peers 5 days a week has without a doubt been the difference between him wanting to interact with his peers, and him being forced to interact with his peers.
Off in the distance is an 8 year old boy who is not missing out on social skills for the real world, he’s an 8 year old boy who is learning real world social skills.