Today is day 19 of my #write28days series of Homeschooling Helps, Hints and Resources. Today I want to talk about Extracurricular Activities. As a homeschooling parent, I wanted our children to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Through the years, those activities have changed and evolved over time.
For example, when we began our homeschooling journey we participated in Cub Scouts, Church, a Homeschool Group and our children even had the opportunity to participate in a homeschool gymnastics class. We specifically tried to pick things that all or most of the children could do together.
Later when we moved to western Pennsylvania, our children were part of the Family Readiness Group for our Army Reserve Unit, Cub and Boy Scouts, Church functions and then our oldest son, youngest son and daughter attended a Christian dance studio. The picture above is some of the photographs taken at the dance studio.
When we moved to central Pennsylvania, our children participated in Church activities, activities at the Salvation Army Corps we attended, Young Marines, and the Family Readiness Group for our Army Reserve Unit. Here are some photographs from events.
Finally, when we moved from Pennsylvania to Texas, our activities changed. We still had a church (although not as much) and finally last year we added our local Homeschool Band program and my husband, oldest son and our daughter also did the Homeschool Strings program. This year we are still involved in the Homeschool Band and Strings program, and my oldest and youngest sons, my husband and myself have joined our local Community Band. Oh, our youngest son also began participating in the Homeschool Tennis Class this year.
The one thing we have learned through the years is to be careful about how much you allow into the schedule. At one point we were gone six nights out of the week and it was too much for us. We have decided not to do co-ops or similar activities because we prefer controlling the materials and subjects our children learn. While we want them to have the opportunity to be around and to interact with others, too much can be overwhelming and make it difficult to actually get homeschooling done.
So does your family participate in any Extracurricular Activities, why or why not? I would love to hear from you.