Interrupting School For Activity

Interrupting School For ActivityI’m sure if my children had it their way, everyday would find us learning in the field. Often, literally. While I would love to accommodate them, the sad fact is book work needs to be done. Geometry concepts require pen to paper, and diagraming sentences doesn’t work well in the sand. We’re trying to find balance, but just how often can we keep interrupting school for activity?

We’re probably not the first family to discover this dilemma, nor will we be the last. It helps – or hurts, depending on your perspective – that we live in an area where homeschooling abounds and there is never a shortage of activities available. How do we determine which to include and how often?

In our learning routine, we try to include one outside activity per week. This is fairly easy, as our PSP has weekly activities. However, our PSP is not the only group we’re associated with. Our nature groups also meet once a week. Then there is library involvement, volunteer work at the kitten hospital, personal field trips, and more. Pretty quickly, we could be spending everyday learning in the field and getting little to no book work done. Narrowing down our choices is a challenge, a hard one. We want to do it all!

  • Which activities do you think warrant a change in schedule?
  • Do you prefer to plan these activities or be open to spontaneity?
  • How many days of the week do you spend away from book work?
  • Are certain days of the week better than others for activity?
  • Is there a time-slot you prefer for activity (mornings/afternoons)?
  • How early is too early; how late is too late?
  • How do you know when you’re too busy and need to hit the books?

Trying to find balance can be tough. Our kids would gladly drop their books for sunshine and walks by the beach any day of the week. Mom needs to rein in their adventurous natures, and lay foundations in learning. On the other hand, too much book work is also a danger. Getting outdoors is vital.

Through the leading of the Spirit, we’re making the most of both our book time and exploration of the fabulous world God has created. We’re daily inspired to make the most of our time together and enjoy this adventure called homeschooling.

“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.”
Psalm 37:5

Your Turn!: Share your thoughts with us on how you determine when to interrupt school for activity.

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Location, Location

Club LocatorSummer is over and our homeschool routine is back on track. We have been schooling for about a month now; I think we are ready for the next step! Extra-curricular activities here we come!

This coming week, we will start to delve into all of those fun events that add a little extra to our homeschooling fun! The main event is the beginning of Keepers at Home; we can’t wait to get started!

It has been our privilege and our pleasure to lead a group of Keepers for the last two years. We started out in our home, but as the group’s needs grew, we moved it to our church facilities. Teaching

As coordinators, the kiddos and I have been prepping and primping, making sure everything is just right. We have prayed over the year and are excited to see where the Lord is leading.

We are looking forward to getting back into group and spending time with all our girlie friends. I am sure it will be a blessing to all of us.

Me and some of my girlsShould you be looking into a group, Keepers of the Faith has recently created a Club Locator to help you with finding a group. Take a look and see where the nearest club meets. Can’t find one? Pray about starting your own! You won’t regret it.

Now that you are back to school, what fun extra-curricular activities are you looking forward to?