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What else can tweens and teens do outside of The Hub's community learning programs (or any other programs they're enrolled in)? There are countless options.
Below you'll find a compilation of activity ideas that can serve as a starting point. (Please note that these lists are designed just to give a taste of what's out there; they're not intended to be comprehensive, nor are they endorsements of the listed items.)
Everyone's education is customized to some degree, but if you're interested in taking this concept further—independently mixing and matching programs, classes and other activities to produce a comprehensive education—you might want to start with this overview of how modular learning works, and what it looks like on a practical level. This primer goes into additional detail about how to account for your child's individual learning style when choosing programs.
Zooming out further, the main philosophical approaches and styles of homeschooling are summarized here; each features a different type and/or degree of customization. The documentary "Class Dismissed" follows a family's journey through several of these styles. And The Hub's YouTube channel features interviews with subject-matter experts such as Dr. Peter Gray, on topics such as what adolescents need to thrive, foundational learning skills, building resilience, and much more.
General Activity Ideas Sampler (self-directed or family-led, offline):
General Activity Ideas Sampler (self-directed or via third parties, online):
General Activity Ideas Sampler (third-party providers, in person)
(Some examples and more general ideas are below. Note: A good way to learn about options in your area is to search local parenting forums or local homeschooling groups on Facebook.)
Examples in Washington, D.C. and nearby parts of MD and VA:
Other types of opportunities that are widespread:
If you can't find something you wish existed, consider starting it (by yourself or with others), or mention it to people whenever an opening arises; someone may jump at the opportunity to apply their time and talents in that way.
Putting It All Together—Scheduling the Days:
If you're curating a fully modular education as a homeschooling parent, how you approach each day is up to you. If you and your children like a lot of structure, you can create a daily/weekly/monthly schedule, and adapt it every so often as needed (some examples are listed here). A more organic approach can work well for others. It's useful to start with the ultimate goals of the educational journey, plus any official requirements that have to be met, and then work backwards to figure out what needs to be done by when. Bear in mind that learning also naturally happens during (or can be intentionally incorporated into) life activities, and that focused learning happens faster without the need for classroom management.
Some parents—including those who are single, working for employers or clients, or handling extra responsibilities such as eldercare—face additional challenges but are often willing to help each other by brainstorming scheduling solutions, carpooling, trading off overseeing activities, etc. There are also international support groups such as The Working Homeschool Mom Club.
Putting It All Together—Keeping a Portfolio:
Homeschooling parents can maintain a portfolio using simple spreadsheet, word-processing or hand-written documents, supplemented as needed with folders/binders containing physical documentation of a child’s educational journey (stories, artwork, etc.). There are also third-party portfolio services.
You can find additional ideas, and opportunities to discuss options with other parents who are also directing their children’s independent learning, on numerous listservs and Facebook groups, Pinterest and Instagram accounts, etc. They may be organized based on geography, childrens' ages, education style (relaxed, secular, faith-based, etc.), or other commonalities.
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In addition to the support we offer to members of The Hub, we can help famiies looking for support with independent learning, a.k.a. homeschooling or home educating (You may want to start by watching this overview, which may answer some of your initial questions.)
We can connect you to consultants in our extensive international network who can address specialized questions, such as how to choose among curriculum packages; how to homeschool teenagers and prepare for college or other next steps; how to maintain good inter-personal dynamics while homeschooling; and more.
Please fill out the contact form and let us know what you need; we'll try to refer you to relevant resources or experts.