Interestingly enough, when people find out that we are going to home school, socialization is the first concern. I am glad that everyone is sure of my abilities to teach my children, that of course is the most important part, right?
I don't mind that people ask, because I think that it brings up a great conversation. I ran across an article the other day that I find helpful for anyone that is interested. It basically says what I probably would anyway. There are also a lot of great books that talk about this subject, a good one is The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole.
Another thing to point out, is that already in the first few weeks of summer vacation, in which we do not have school, we have spent time playing with cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, played at the park with friends and kids we don't know, interacted with people on shopping trips and in church and had plenty of friends over to play. There are still plenty of opportunities in everyday life for our children to learn the "socialization" skills that are necessary for them to lead a wonderful life. Thanks to all those with concerns and PLEASE keep asking questions, we like them.