Last week my friend Jenn wrote, “I am wondering if being in so many activities is wise this winter. We are bound to get sick….” When I responded with the list below, she encouraged me that it was worth a post. Thanks, Jenn!
Our Guidelines for Going Out
If something wears the children or me out (they’re tougher than I am), we don’t do it unless it’s a church activity.
If something costs more than we’re comfortable with, we usually don’t do it.
If something involves attitudes and concepts we’re not happy with (such as Halloween), we don’t do it.
If it’s something we can do more efficiently at home (such as many co-ops), we don’t get involved.
If it’s something that requires a real effort to attend each week, we don’t do it.
If it involves friends, fun, volunteer work, the outdoors, or inexpensive concerts, we try to be involved.
There’s one thing I have noticed about many homeschool outings. They are meant to be educational, but the amount of learning is reduced because the children are happily interacting. It seems more sensible to me to concentrate on learning during educational trips (in other words, no extra friends) and to concentrate on fun and fellowship at other times (i.e. no added-on learning). Combining learning and socialization often results in the worst of both worlds. Of course, gym classes and discussion-based courses improve with student interaction, and some field trips are impossible or expensive to arrange without a large group.
What does your family consider when deciding whether or not to participate in an activity?
For more ideas about educating our children see Thirsty Thursday: Satisfying our kids’ thirst for knowledge one sip at a time.