Choosing homeschool electives are one of the most wonderful things about homes education! Public schools each offer different options and students don’t always have a wide choice of what they are able to take from the options available. Home educators have the freedom to tailor their lessons to fit the talents and interests of their children; the sky’s the limit!
Home education has the benefit of being flexible and can quickly change with the times if a student changes their direction about what they would like to be in the future. Classes and timetables can be adjusted to accommodate an extra class here or there so that students don’t have to feel the stress and constraints that they would in public school where the introduction of new courses and curriculum can take several years, by which time things have again changed. Not to mention that elective courses are often the first classes to be cut from the timetable when funding is tight.
Having a balance in education is an important thing.
Some students are wholly focused on a particular area that they want to pursue whereas others don’t yet have an end goal and may need to try out several items from the buffet before they decide what their favourite is. For both situations, you can let your children choose electives in an area they are interested in; even if it is “just for fun” and doesn’t have a part in their ultimate goal. Having a wide range of interests and a rounded curriculum is what both universities and employers look for.
Elective classes are perfect for the fun stuff; the hands-on projects that make learning memorable and interesting! A few options might be making a movie, going on an archaeological dig, learning how to fix the family car, learning to play an instrument, taking a class in martial arts, aviation history, cake decorating, or, delving deep into a culture.
Electives can be done at home, online, through a co-op, through road-schooling or field trips, as well as in other ways. Often these classes can seem expensive, but if you’re creative there are usually ways to work around the costs.
Let children discover new interests while you support their dreams. Homeschool electives can fulfil both requirements and interests in unique ways. Give them a try and discover how motivated your student is when learning something outside of the box.