That's the question I was asked today at a neighbourhood child's birthday party. It rather amused me, actually, for a couple of reasons. First, the person who asked had assumed that Kieran went to nursery. Yet it wasn't until I mentioned that I was going to home educate that socialisation became a concern. If he seemed socialised enough when it was thought he went to nursery, why is it suddenly a concern when it turns out he doesn't attend nursery and won't attend school?
The second reason it amused me was because we were at a birthday party. Obviously Kieran doesn't know these children from school. He knew the birthday-girl and her sister from our parish, but had never met the other children. Despite that, he was playing well with them, even if he did have a bit of conflict with another child. It was nothing that wasn't normal at that age; I policed a little as needed but tried to step back as much as possible. The point, though, is that he had no problem interacting with children of a variety of ages, even in a chaotic party setting (this is a big deal for my very well-ordered son), so I don't think socialisation is an issue.
I suppose I'll have to get used to these sorts of questions now that Kieran's approaching school-age. After all, that's why the questions arose, since multiple people at the party asked me if Kieran was starting school this fall. While I could've just answered that he's not old enough yet since his birthday is in late November, I went ahead and disclosed that I was home educating, for I see no reason to hide that fact. In that way, I brought it on myself. It didn't bother me, though I do get a bit annoyed with the misconceptions regarding home education. Who knows, maybe I can help clear up some of those misconceptions over time. And of course home education is a learning process for me, as well, and will be the entire time, as I see what works and what doesn't for each child and adapt as needed.