The question of the week is: “How many activities is right for the older ( aged 9 and up) child?”
That is a hard one, isn’t it? I bet if you asked 100 homeschooling families, you might get close to 100 different answers! I think different families, even families who love homeschooling in a similar way, still have different values and different ways of approaching things.
Many homeschooling families seem to be reluctant to do activities for their child over the age of nine because of the impact this has on the younger children in the family – the driving, the time involved, the financial end of things. I do understand. That is a consideration.
However, looking at a nine or ten year old developmentally, it is not that the family is less important to a 9 year old, but most 9 and 10 year olds are appreciative of some space and time to be with their peers, to be separate from their younger siblings, and happy to try out something new with a trusted adult outside of the family. The world is opening up, and these older children need opportunities to be a part of it in a protected and healthy way. Other trusted adults can be an important and welcome part of a nine and ten year old’s life.
If you are planning to homeschool high school, there may another angle to think about activities from as well. Continue reading