Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Extracurriculars This Year

Extracurriculars are something I struggle with each year. I don't know if it is because I have four kids, or because they all-rather inconveniently-want to be into involved with different things than each other, or because we live at least 20 minutes from anywhere...but I find the planning and scheduling of our extracurricular activities to be almost more work than curriculum planning!

First I have to find out what everyone wants to do.

Then I have to find places for them to do the things they want to do.

Then I have to get out pen and paper and figure out how it could all fit together without making me too crazy.

And I have to try to schedule these activities so that we still have time for lessons and free time to do something spontaneous, get together with friends, or just stay home!

This year we decided the kids could do two activities at a time. I am tempted to do more, and am really trying to resist the urge. We are fortunate to have a lot of great options in our area, and it is hard not to overdo it. I do make exceptions here and there, especially for my oldest, and especially for once a month activities, or if a child wants to join in something someone else is already doing.

Our Current Weekly Routine:

Mondays
Lessons: 8:30-12:30 with one short break
No activities- I find it really helps the week to keep Mondays as at-home days, or days for appointments.

Tuesdays
Lessons 8:30-12:30 with one short break
No activities usually-but one evening a week my oldest does a library book club

Wednesdays
 Lessons 8:30-11:30
Activities-gymnastics, library trip, rock climbing, pottery class-something for everyone:)

Thursdays
Lessons 8:30-12:30
Activities-afternoon swim class for three youngest

Fridays
Lessons 8:30-11:30
Activities- homeschool group

Saturdays
Activities- riding & tennis lessons

Sundays
Nothing!


Even at two activities per child, our routine can still feel a bit too busy and I always need to be mindful of making sure we have time for friends and time to just hang out at home.  I am a homebody at heart. I really like to have time to just sit and read aloud with the kids, exercise, putter around in the yard, play with the goats, do some writing, keep the house mostly clean, bake, walk in the woods, etc.. I do not like having all my time scheduled, so figuring out a routine that works is key.

It's always a work in progress!

1 comment:

  1. Extracurriculars ARE hard to fit in. Ds11 wants to start track this year, which has THREE practices a week, one at the ungodly hour of 7;45 on Saturday mornings. Somehow we'll squeeze it in!

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