I guess mine wouldn't qualify as older yet. But I'm sort of wondering what they will do when they are a little older. My oldest, (8), still likes to play a lot with me and the littles, but I've been noticing that he spends much more time now doing things alone, like origami and reading.
I'm wondering if he needs more time outside the family. It's just such a long drive to get together with other kids, that we don't do it more than a few times each week, max. Do your older homeschoolers hang out with friends a lot? Have more lessons? Do more outside activities like sports? Online classes? How do they spend their time at home? How much do you drive people around?
Well, my older kids all ended up going to school, starting between age 12.75 and 14.75. That probably tells you something. It was partly the desire for more social experience (there are no other teen homeschoolers in the area), partly a desire to have a place apart from home in which to learn, study, work (there's no library here). Partly a desire for more structured activities (no sports offered here 10 months of the year). None of this could really be remedied whilst homeschooling because of where we live.
My sole remaining homeschooler is now 9.5. She does pretty well when her siblings are around, but when they're in school, it's tough for her. She often wishes for more outside activities than she has, for more social time than she gets. We do okay, but there's often not quite enough. During the academic year she has three days a week with out-of-home activities. I feel like one more opportunity each week would probably do it, but we haven't found the right opportunity: she doesn't relish even more driving and does enjoy some down time.
Mountain mama to one great kid and three great grown-ups
My oldest is 13 and up until a month ago we lived in the country with no other kids around. He spent a few hours on school work and then would spend time outside either fishing, riding bikes, shooting skeet, etc.
He did a lot of solitary things like reading and drawing but that fits his personality too.
To interact with others he takes karate 2-3x a week and an occasional class through our homeschool program.
He also loves Minecraft and interacts with friends on-line through that too (ones that he has met in person-not strangers).
As he gets older I can see him finding a way to hang out with peers one way or another but he really likes living in the country.
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