As our children grow up they will become more involved in different clubs and programs outside of our homes. Some activities take place in church, others are community service projects or clubs and most (if not all) of them can be counted towards homeschooling!
Homeschool family’s days are busy, so in order for us to take on extra clubs and activities outside the home it is important that they not be frivolous choices. Our kids need to be involved in some activities outside our home for many reasons, but it is up to each homeschool family when and how often it is allowed.
If our kids’ activities can count towards homeschooling, then we’re more likely to be able to “fit” it into our schedules. Most of the activities that our kids would be involved in our communities can be counted for some portion of their homeschooling.
- AWANA Clubs can be counted towards Bible, memorization, language arts and P.E.
- Boy Scouts is full of nature, cooking, geography, history, life and leadership skills.
- Community service projects could be used for nature, character building, carpentry, landscaping, etc.
The opportunities for your children to be involved in various clubs, organizations and activities in your community abound. It is important to teach our children that they can make a difference in the world they live in and by serving in the community they will learn countless ways to do that.
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Many churches have community outreach programs as well that your children could participate in as well. These are great options if you prefer to keep closer tabs on what is going on within the program and especially if you know the leaders involved.
Extra year round homeschooling credits can be found in almost every activity our children participate in outside our home. If you’re not sure what subject you should be crediting, talk to your child about what they’ve been working on. If you’re still unsure try discussing the topic with their leader and let them know you’re using their activity towards their homeschool credits.
Our children will not always be under our roofs, so it is important that we give them the opportunity to learn to listen to other adults in authority, allow them to discover the value of team work and the satisfaction of a job well done.
By allowing our children to participate in community service projects, clubs and/or organizations they’ll be building character, becoming valued members of a team and receive respect as homeschoolers in their own community.
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