Even if you’re schooling through the summer, chances are your student’s schedule isn’t as full as it is during the school year. During the hot and lazy days of summer, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the habit of allowing children to play more video games, watch more television shows, or spend more time on the computer. You can help him use his time more productively, however, by having him work at a hobby instead.
Hobbies are more than just time-fillers. Besides the obvious learning that goes on when working at a hobby, benefits also include helping your child discover his talents and passions, increasing his self-confidence, and learning how to set goals and reach them. There are so many hobbies to consider, and a few more of them are:
Origami – This Japanese art form of paper folding takes practice, and summer is a great time to do just that! You can find instruction books at your library or search for simple directions online. Origami paper is square and can usually be purchased at craft stores.
Sculpting with Polymer Clay – These colorful little blocks of clay can be shaped into figures, earrings and other jewelry, pens, picture frames, and more. Look for a class at a nearby arts and crafts store to help get your child started.
Cross Stitch, Knitting, and Crocheting – If your child is interested in handwork, she might enjoy learning one of these skills. If you can’t teach her yourself, ask around to see if any classes are available. Be sure to check with your friends, too, to see if they could help. You may even want to take a class together!
Sewing – You don’t have to have a sewing machine to get started with this one. There are lots of books at the library with projects for hand sewing, from pillows to headbands to simple toys. If a sewing machine is available, your child can use it to sew clothing, handbags, or even a quilt.
Beading – Fine work for steady hands, some older children enjoy making jewelry with beads. This craft isn’t limited to necklaces; other items include earrings, bracelets, rings, belts, and purses.
Woodworking – With proper adult supervision, woodworking can be a rewarding hobby. If you’re not handy with tools, ask other homeschooling families if they could help. Is there a dad, a grandfather, or perhaps another mom with his or her own woodworking shop? Check to see if your child could act as an apprentice for the summer.
Playing a Musical Instrument – Summer is a great time to try new things, and playing a musical instrument might be one of them. Many music stores rent instruments and offer lessons. That way, you can be sure of your child’s interest before you make a large purchase.
So help your child take advantage of those lazy days by starting a new hobby. Chances are, you’ll find even more teachable moments.
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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