Extracurricular Activities for Homeschool

© Dana Rothstein

© Dana Rothstein

This week we’ve talked about art and music as great ways of expanding your child’s knowledge and interests, as well as making their educational experience well-rounded. Today we’re going to talk more generally about the ways in which you can help your child discover and explore their interests and the importance of doing so.

Most people remember very clearly the moment they realize that they have discovered something they love. There is joy in discovering what you feel you are meant to do. Helping your child find that one thing or many things can do wonders for both you and them. In finding a non-academic (or academic, if they wish) interest, your child can discover an outlet, something that they know will always make them happy. This can take a lot of trial and error, but it will be worth it in the end.

So, how do you go about this? Of course, there are many ways. You could take a list of activities and see which one sparks the most interest in your child – that’s a pretty easy method. But you can also sit down with them and just talk about what they are interested in. You probably know them better than anyone, so you’ll be able to point out ideas that they might not have even thought of. Maybe they’ve expressed interest in travel, so you could suggest starting to learn a foreign language. Or perhaps they love animals, in which case learning more about them or even seeking out opportunities to volunteer with them would be a good idea. Keep an open mind, and even ideas that seem impossible will have some sort of solution, though it may take time to work it out. 

Once your child has found something they love, remember to keep encouraging them. Support them in any way that you can, offer them help if they need it, and most of all, be understanding. Help them to find balance, and everyone involved will be happier for it. Good luck!

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