One thing I was worried about when I first began homeschooling, was how my kids would make friends. I wasn’t worried about socialization, just what activities would be available to them since they were homeschooled. Within our first year of homeschooling, I realized just how little I actually needed to worry! There are tons of extracurricular activities for homeschoolers, here are just a few.
Boy scouts, girl scouts, either one is open to homeschoolers. Some scouting groups are inclusive to a school district, but many will also take homeschooled children also. In order to get information for your homeschooled child contact your local office. You can find an office close to you by looking on their website.
Many school districts allow homeschoolers to participate in sporting events. Some have a cut off as to age and grade. Check with your local school district for more information. If you do not want to go through a school district check and see if a church near you offers Upward Sports. These are typically Christian based, and not as competitive. They are also open to anyone.
If you have a little drama queen don’t despair! Many towns offer children’s theater programs. These programs are all inclusive and have no district requirements.
Many homeschool groups offer co-ops, field trips, etc. Some larger groups offer sports teams, scouting and more. Check with your homeschool group and see what they offer. If you don’t have a local homeschool group, consider starting one yourself!
Book clubs, arts and crafts, computer classes, and even homeschool storytimes are available at many local libraries. Many of these activities are after school hours, so they are open to all!
These are just a few of many possible extracurricular activities for homeschoolers. Depending on where you live you may be able to utilize all or some of these options. Larger areas tend to have more opportunities than smaller towns, but as a homeschool mom in a small town myself, I have to say those small towns will still offer many of these extracurricular activities!
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.