Last year was my very first one homeschooling. As I explained in my “Homeschooling Exposed” post 🙂 overall the year was a success. HOWEVER, the one thing I wanted most to change was the afternoons.
I wanted to incorporate more fun, special elective activities into our afternoons.
Instead of just hoping this will happen or throwing it in here or there, I have made a detailed plan for this coming year that I’m really excited about.
Here it is:
- Monday : Piano lessons. I was thrilled to find these free online piano lessons for kids! I haven’t tried them yet, but a friend recommended them and said her kids all love them! You can purchase theory worksheets to print off for the kids, which I think I will do. The lessons are free so might as well!
- Tuesday : Co-op afternoon. If you don’t have a co-op, just find one other family! With my two sisters who are also homeschooling, we are doing each of these activities once a month.
- Field Trip (I have nine scheduled ahead of time for interesting centers and museums in the area)
- Show and Tell
- Outdoor Adventure Club (this is something my mom actually plans and runs for all of the grandkids, but you could also do a “park adventure day”)
- Service Projects – These are things like packing Operation Christmas Child boxes, writing to (and praying for, together) our Compassion children, baking cookies to host a bake sale at church to raise money for worthwhile organizations, raking leaves to earn money to buy canned foods for the shelter, etc.)
- P.E. – our local YMCA does a Homeschool P.E. class that is $30 a semester. They do the best little games and even swim once a month. The kids love it.
- After P.E, we’re going to try out these Kids Guitar Zone free lessons. There are only a few lessons on here, but a friend said she liked this website because many of the other introductory guitar lessons had some objectionable ads, and this one is thoroughly safe for kids. I imagine you could do these lessons each a few times, too, to practice!
- Friday – Typing class. I think we will do Typing Instructor For Kids software. There seem to be a few various options, very reasonably priced, for kids typing lessons.
I’m also in the hunt for some beginning Spanish lessons for kids. Any suggestions?
What extra-curricular activities do your kids do?
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