high school extra-curricular activies
Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:33 PM
"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor"- (Currently poking Poseidon in the netherworld with his trident)
"Christian Louboutins are uncomfortable, but I screamed the first time I put on a pointe shoe." Mila Kunis
Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:27 AM
So, really, I don't see DD as being much different from big brother or any of the other high schoolers that I know who are lettering in sports or other major extra-curriculars. (I guess the only big difference would be that she will not letter or have the experience of being on a school team because her "team" is not at the high school). Many kids have a serious commitment in high school to baseball, music, soccer, whatever, and nowadays it seems that kids are groomed for big teams and big things early (especially in large metroplexes where there is an availability of private coaching). Spring sports like baseball and golf end up being year-round extracurriculars so that the kids can be on winning teams or stand out for scholarship opportunities. The kids have had expensive private coaches and club teams from an early age (older son offered a quite expensive club soccer opportunity in 6th grade) and the kids are expected to give 125% of their focus to that activity by the coaches and the teams they play for (club teams or high school teams).
I'm encouraging DD to have a group of friends outside of dance, but I don't expect her to have time for too much high school "extras" and it will need to be a group who is tolerant of her absence for much of the other activities that they do. But, big brother had the same lifestyle and he was not a dancer and I think it will be OK.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:13 AM
Take a look at your own situation. You may find that you are able to work things out the way that Momof3 did. I just wanted to share our experience that switching to a non-traditional "delivery" for our daughter's high school education INCREASED her ability to participate in social activities with her high school (and ballet) friends instead of decreasing it as we had expected before we "took the plunge". Of course... your results may vary, haha!
P.S. - Feel free to PM me with questions!
Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:30 PM