|They are baking a birthday cake from scratch. No box mixes in our house!|
We don't do many extracurricular activities in our homeschool. We will do an art/craft project every once in awhile and the children have a shelf full of craft books to look through when they are in a creative mood. My daughters are slowly learning to sew by watching and helping me when(more like if) I sew. My older sons know the basics of a sewing machine and can repair clothes by hand if they need to. As a Marine my husband learned how to do some basic sewing so I think every boy should also know how to sew on a button or mend a tear.
|They each received a 6-pack of flowers for Easter.|
My daughters are learning piano with Alfred's Teach Yourself To Play Piano and my 14 year old has a guitar which he is learning to play on his own. I played clarinet for a few years in school so I can help my daughters with piano and am learning along with them. We also have a few recorders around the house and the children have learned to play a few simple songs.
|My daughter checking on her the gardens of her siblings.|
Each of my children have a little garden bed to experiment in for the warmer months. Right now they are full of flowers. My 10 year old son has planted some peas, sunflowers, and squash in his plot. He is the most interested in vegetable gardening. My 12 year old daughter even bought herself a geranium to plant in her bed. They also help me with the main gardens and are learning along with me how to grow our own food.
Each child also has a pet to take care of. I know that's not really an extracurricular activity but it teaches them to be careful and realize the responsibility of having something(later someone) depend on them. Also most of them know the basics of baby care since there is usually a little brother or sister to help take care of.
|Our oldest son and our youngest son.|
Another thing they are learning is to cook. It is not something I set out to teach them just to have something else to learn but because I needed help. Some of them are quite creative and they don't need to use recipes most of the time.
How do you handle the extras in your homeschool? If you would like to read what other members of the TOS Homeschool Crew have to say please visit TOS Homeschool Crew blog.