Last year, we resisted picking up extracurricular activities, other than church school, because Rose had a ridiculous amount of homework every day, including the weekends.
We knew the homework level would be about the same this year but they need something else in their lives other than just school and homework. Also I wondered if we picked up the level of activity if their work would become more efficient.
I know that I am the type of person who works much faster and more efficiently the more I have on my plate. I wondered it the same would be true for kids.
So this year Rose has picked up swim team. They only practice one-hour twice a week and have four meets on Saturdays during the fall. It’s fairly low-key and I can take the other two swimming while Rose swims.
We’ve only had one-week of practice, but thus far the theory seems to be proving out. Both practice days she got her work done very quickly knowing we needed to leave. When she got home from swim team she was free to play for the rest of night until dinner and bed.
Walsh and Lilina have picked up activities on Saturday. There are no practices for their sports. You just show up and play. I’m all for that because I think it would be stressful dragging three kids to three different practices during the week and church. So I think you have to choose carefully so you don’t overload everyone.
I do think you can reach a point of too many activities and too much time devoted to it. There are only so many hours in the day and if you have three hours each day in practices then that doesn’t leave much time for homework or playing.
So I am not advocating over-scheduling kids but I am questioning whether a little bit of extracurricular activities can help them get their homework/housework done faster. The deciding factor may actually be: how much do they like the activity.
So what do you find at your house? Does an activity later in the afternoon, help increase speed and efficiency of homework or housework? Or does it just stress them out and add too much to their plates?