Let’s talk Clubs
When I was growing up we were involved in clubs, it was just part of life. We were Girl Scouts for years, part of a square dance club complete with crinoline poufed skirts, were in Music Clubs and community service clubs. People just did clubs. It was a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, get out of the house and create amazing memories!
My kids have participated in a ton of clubs over the past quarter of a century- Girl and Boy Scouts, Lego League, Music Clubs, Art Clubs, Horse Clubs, AYSO, Larping, Theater & Book clubs, Service clubs and more. The beauty of a club is that it is usually full of awesome learning and looks like fun!
Academics & Fun
Clubs can provide both academics and fun for our Jr. and Sr. Home School High School students In my opinion and experience, clubs takes some of the pressure off of academics, allowing the kids to learn and experience rich and varied skills and opportunities. As a Transcript Artist, I see a lot of homeschoolers selling themselves short on credits because they often forget to count clubs, service work, hobbies and areas of interest as “credit” on their High School Transcript. (Check out the Free Logs we make available to you on the front page of this web-site!).
For instance, my newly graduated son has had a serious interest in history and weaponry for years. This Christmas he found himself the happy recipient of a few encyclopedias on the history of weapons. He Larps regularly with friends -an informal club of sorts -and he has spent countless hours creating armor, swords, distaffs and more out of foam noodles, duct tape, cardboard, plastic and even more duct tape. It’s not a “class” per se, however, the amount of time he has put into not only learning about weapons, but constructing and crafting them, could certainly count for credit. Don’t think kids learn much through this type of activity? When watching movies, he can tell almost immediately if the armor is appropriate to the times. That’s history and craftsmanship, right there!
5 Super Smart Clubs for Homescool Students
- Classics Club Facilitated by classicist Gus Henebry, this is the perfect club for students interested in taking the National Mythology or Latin National Exam (think scholarship money!), history, mythology or anything related to the Ancient World.
- Teacher Amber Fonseca is offering a 1 semester C.S. Lewis Club. If you don’t yet love C.S. Lewis, join this club and find out why he is considered on of the theological greats of the last century. Perfect for students intereste literary analysis, in-depth discussion and rhetoric skills!
- Writing Club will be a challenging, fun and interactive class with weekly writing prompts, understanding tropes and developing style, opportunities to read your writing out loud and so much more! If you are looking for a Creative Outlet for your writing, this is the club for you! Taught by experienced writer and teacher, Lisa Nehring, buckle up for a lot of fun and writing challenge!
- Allison Mitchell is offering a Spanish Club for all Spanish Levels. Each session will be theme based, such as eating out, travel, etc and Ms. Mitchell will guide the students in an immersion experience to gain fluency and ease of Spanish language usage. Of course, students can also participate in our Spanish I, Spanish II or Spanish III classes, but this is not a requirement for Spanish Club.
- Entrepreneurship is a new Club offering, taught by Lisa Nehring. Is your student interested or growing an existing business? This is a perfect club for them to explore business ideas and opportunities!
Each club will be worth at least a 1/4 credit per semester or 1/2 credit per year- so all of the fun of the a club, none of the pressure of a traditional course, and credit to boot! Of course, students and parents are welcomed and encouraged to add more to the club to make it full credit worthy (and we are happy to provide guidance on that, if you need it).
If you are looking for a Club that you don’t yet see, please let us know! We might just be able to make it happen!