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    Question How many activities are your DC involved in?

    I have four DD - 6, 7, 8 and 10. I don't feel like we do a ton, but when I start to break it down it begins to look like we're very busy (we are always busy, but I mean 'too busy'). I'm curious about how other homeschool families handle the delicate balance between too few and too much. And what exactly gets included in the tally - for example, my kids go to as many library programs as are offered at the local branch. I usually forget to count that into our activities, but it should be in there. I'm not including RE classes (we go to a UU fellowship), but my kids value those and the time with friends, plus it affects our schedule ... oh well.

    Here's what we're doing this year:
    • American Girl Club (once a month)
    • Lego Club (once a month)
    • Roller Skating (once a month)
    • Girl Scouts (twice a month)
    • Private music lessons (weekly)
    • Swim team (2x per week)
    • Library programs (usually 2-3 per month)
    • Drama class for homeschoolers (1x per week, runs for 8 weeks)
    • Attending various performing arts productions (3x in the fall, 3x in the spring)


    Initially I was going to sign them up for some homeschool classes at the local community college (fun stuff like art, etc.), but I felt it would be too much. I feel like my above list isn't crazy full, but when I look at my calendar I feel swamped because of course there are all the other "life" things that go into our weeks...

    Curious to see what other are doing and how they're feeling about it!

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    Our regular classes look like this:
    Sunday: Chinese School (for C)
    Monday: German Dancing (all 3)
    Tuesday: Piano (L and C); Girl Scouts (L and C)
    Wednesday: Percussion (J)
    Thursday: Co-op (all day, all of us)
    Friday: Cub Scouts (J)

    Those are all weekly, but German Dancing and Percussion are both in the evenings and don't mess up the day. Oh, Cub Scouts will probably not be weekly.
    We also do homeschool events at science, history and art museums that end up being about once per month or so. We also do Dallas Children's Theater about one time per month.
    After 4x week driving to Dallas for Libby's Dyslexia class for two years, this schedule seems like a breeze.
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    Too many?

    This year, we've got:
    - soccer 1x a week in the fall
    - ballet 1x a week for one kid, drums 1x a week for the other
    - art class 1x a week
    - Destination Imagination team 1x a week
    - co-op group 1x a week
    - other co-op group 1x a week
    - theater class 1x a week
    - t-ball 2x a week in the spring

    Why do they call it homeschool when we're never at home?
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    Our boys do gymnastics once a week through a fall session and a spring session. We might do swimming lessons once a week through roughly the same schedule if the hs group offers it again. Come spring if there's enough kids they'll be in baseball again which is a couple of times a week through May and June. It's enough for us considering the amount of driving to different towns and cities to do it all.
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    I have never done co-ops, language classes, or art classes. We will do tons of field trips, and camps like with the museums or aquariums in the area. Mine get one music and one sport class per year if they want. Emma will start dance next year, and Quince will start martial arts. They have no interest in musical instruments yet. Historically our family is more into sporty things, nature, and community service. That is enough for me !
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    The kids are each allowed 1 long-term extracurricular activity at a time. With hubby taking the only running car to work, and having to fit in errands, weekly library trips, and regular therapist & psychiatrist appointments, one each is all we have time for. I do sign them up for short-term & single session activities whenever we can. Their regular academics always take top priority, though & we will cancel any & all extracurriculars if they slack and the quality of their work or level of effort drops.
    We aren't part of a co-op or support group, it's just not our thing. We've tried to get involved in bookclubs, but it's difficult to find bookclubs for kids that are reading as high above grade level as mine. We tried 4-H, but found that wasn't for us. We've tried some sports, too. The kids enjoy sports, but not on an actual team - they prefer playing them at the park or in the yard with friends.
    We're at the library weekly, but rarely ever do any of the library programs. They just don't have many that interest the kids. We have local museums that have short-term or one day classes - an Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and a Science Museum. We try to sign up for several of those each year. We also try to attend special events held by the museums. I've thought about signing them up for classes at the Community College, but the kids haven't been interested in any of the offered classes.

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    My son is 4 and we are just going to be starting doing some "structured" schooling this year, but very little (definately less than 1 hour per day). Anyway, our schedule this fall will include the following (these are all once a week):

    Library Storytime (we've been going to the age appropriate program for him since he was 10 months old)
    Swim Lessons (8 weeks)
    Tumbling (8 weeks)
    Nature Class (6 weeks)
    Explorations: Play (12 weeks) - a free play class I have a hard time describing

    Optionals: (drop-in classes no sign up or commitment required)
    Homeschool Fitness - held weekly and is free play in the rec centers gym
    Magic School Bus - a little science lesson each week through the Children's Museum

    Undecided:
    Art Class - through the parks & rec program
    Sports/Play Class - through the local university (we did this in the spring and reminded me of what you would do in a public school gym class)

    In the past my son has also participated in basketball & tennis (5-6 weeks/1 day per week) and in an art class through a local studio (which was great and unfortunately had to close its business - I had really hoped that my son would be able to go there for years to come.) We also were in a music & movement class for several sessions, but my son claimed it was "too music-y."

    It sounds like a lot, but my son (an extrovert) loves to get out and about and meet and talk to people. He always gets a say in what we sign up for, except for Library & Swimming - both are a must in our house. Plus, as we don't have a whole lot of schooling to do yet, we can use our time for the extracurricular stuff.
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    We do karate and piano once a week. We will do swimming once a week for ten weeks this fall. My oldest will be taking acting classes this year (1x/wk), but that's about it. We sign up for the occasional field trip. We belong to living history, so we have few events for that but it's family time and we also volunteer twice a month as a family at a community outreach program. We do plan lots of special type events to have with family and friends - movie nights, swimming night, bookclubs, etc. but those happen when we want them to are more like a party than anything "educational". Too much on the schedule really seems to stress our family life. We are very laid back people and like to take things slow and easy.

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    My kids do very little formal activities...they will be re-starting Tae Kwon Do this fall, and both will be taking private music lessons. They usually attend a summer camp, but family issues got in the way this year. They also like to attend the public school dances, and of course, they visit with friends several times a week. That's it for us at this point.
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    We tried formal classes when the boys were in school and they didn't enjoy them enough (we tried TKD one year and dance the next) to stick with them in relation to the amount of money we were paying for the classes, so we dropped them.

    We're active with our homeschool group, which has about 1 activity per week (we'll probably bump it up to 2x once we all get started with school this month). We do the library once per week and we do the free kids workshops at Lowe's & Home Depot on Saturdays. We've considered scouting, but Boy scouts is too... militant for our personal beliefs and there's not a spiral scouts here. Our group has tossed around the idea of an "Adventure Club" type thing (similar to scouting), but we haven't gotten that together yet.

    We're good though. Since the kids don't want to do classes, we haven't yet. PeaGreen has expressed interest in drums, so that may be in our future, and we're getting my grandmother's piano soon, so we may try to do lessons once it's moved.
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