Extra-curricular activity choices for homeschool kids are increasing all the time. When I began homeschooling, living in a small town, there were very few group activities to join. Now, you don’t have to live in a big city to be overwhelmed with choices for your kids.
Since sports for homeschoolers are well-known and promoted, I’m going to focus on non-athletic activities. I’m certainly not against playing sports, and my children played most of them. But, I would like to point out some other fun and educational opportunities.
Music includes: Singing, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Private Lessons, Group Lessons
Music training/education is proven to benefit children in many ways, including intelligence. I’m
partial to music, because my first degree is in music. At various times, my children enjoyed every
one of these categories.
Drama can include: Co-Op Drama groups, Community theater classes and productions, and more
advanced training/acting. My child enjoyed acting in a local Co-Op play. It turned out to be a very
positive experience and she made many new friends.
Art can include: Art classes, Arts and Crafts groups/classes, Community Art classes, and private
study. You might find classes in your Park & Rec. department, Fine Arts organizations, Summer
Camps, Art Gallery classes/exhibits, and Private Pottery stores.
Cooking is a wonderful skill that is important for children to learn. Many times, Co-Ops will have
a cooking class or group. Cooking clubs or classes can be found at your local Park and Rec. and
online. You could even start one for your homeschool group.
Sewing can include: Basic-Advanced sewing, knitting, and other creative pursuits.
Sewing is a skill that isn’t used as much as it was in the past. Fabric stores, quilting stores, and
private teachers offer sewing lessons.
Photography is a fun and creative activity. Photography classes can sometimes be found at your local Park and Rec. Dept. Private photography classes can be found through Art foundations or with private instructors.
Dance can include any style of dance instruction. Many children study: ballet, tap, jazz, modern,
Irish Step, country, ballroom, and others. My child took dance lessons for many years. Her
favorites were ballet and Irish Step. This is a very physical activity and provides many physical
benefits. It also helps with creativity, good behavior, and self-esteem.
Clubs can include: Book clubs, Debate, Chess, 4H, Scouts, Nature, Religious, Academic teams,
and Service clubs. My children participated in: book, debate, chess, and religious clubs. Religious
clubs, such as Awana, offered wonderful chances to memorize Scripture. Chess clubs made
playing chess fun and competitive. Book clubs offered great social experiences as well as
improvement in their reading comprehension abilities. Debate club provided a huge boost in
academic preparation for college, working in groups, competition and social fun. The focus
on research and presentations really helped the child be ready for college classes.
I love all of these ideas and you may have some awesome ones that worked great in your homeschool family. What were your favorites? If you live in an area that doesn’t offer an activity that your child is interested in, create it yourself. Many homeschool parents create a group, because it will be helpful to their child. It’s easy to do that, too. Advertise it through your local groups and have a blast!
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