We are very blessed to live in a homeschool-friendly area with lots of homeschoolers and lots of activities for them. However, I’ve often been asked for suggestions on activities for homeschooled teens when a local homeschool group isn’t available.
I’m going to offer the ideas that came to my mind and I hope y’all will add others in the comments – particularly if you live in an area without an active homeschool group and you’ve been able to come up with activities for your teen.
Sports that aren’t school-based
If you’ve got an athletic teen, look into sports that aren’t school-based. These activities can be fantastic opportunities for homeschooled teens, who can join leagues or teams that practice and play outside of typical school hours. Some ideas include:
Running can be a great alternative for athletic teens because it’s not difficult to find races in most places during the spring and fall. Check to see if your town has a track club if your student would like to get involved in running clubs that meet during the week to train together.
Sports with travel teams
There are also a variety of team sports that we typically think of as school-based, but which also boast travel teams for talented kids who don’t play with their schools. The downside to these options is that the travel part of travel teams can get expensive. Still, if you’ve got a sports-minded teen, it may be worth the expense. Plus, you have the added benefit of being able to take school on the road.
You can often find travel teams for sports such as:
If your teen is more arts-minded than sports-minded, consider the following possibilities:
Drama. Most cities have a local theater whose productions are open for teens and adults.
Art. Check local arts and crafts stores. Most of the ones in our area have a variety of classes for teens and adults. Check with rec centers for pottery or sculpting classes.
Speech. Does your town have a Toastmaster’s Club? See if your teen can participate. We had a lady from the Toastmaster’s Club do a speech class for a small group of homeschooled teens at our local library a few years ago.
Photography. Check with your local community college to see if they offer any continuing ed classes for photography (or art). You might also check with individual photographers to see if they might be interested in an apprentice. You can also look for online classes. There are many wonderful online photography courses.
Music. Private music lessons are available all over the country. If you’re having trouble finding someone, ask at the area music stores or check the bulletin board at your library.
One of the benefits of homeschooling is having lots of family time. Finding activities for your teen may be as simple as spending time together as a family. Some fun ways to get active with your teen are:
- Horseback riding
- Rock climbing
Check your local rec center, YMCA, church, or community college for other options. You might also ask around at coffee shops. There used to be a group of deaf and hearing teens and adults who would meet once a week at a local coffee shop for the hearing folks to learn and practice sign language. You never know what might be available if you just ask around.
I’m sure I’ve left out some wonderful ideas. What other suggestions do you have for activities for homeschooled teens when a local homeschool support group isn’t an option?
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