If you're deciding on possible enrichment activities for your child, be sure to ask for your tween's input. And try to avoid taking on too many activities at one time. That can lead to burnout and activity fatigue. If your child is just beginning middle school, it might be wise to wait a few weeks into the school year before signing your preteen up for any extra activities. That way you'll know more about the demands middle school will bring in terms of your child's homework load, and added responsibilities.
Saving Money on Enrichment ActivitiesEnrichment doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact, many enrichment activities can be accomplished at home, with your supervision and input. For example, if your child is interested in sewing, you can spend a few hours every week working on a project together using the family sewing machine. Or, if your child is interested in science, it might be fun to purchase a book on science experiments you can conduct at home.
You can also look into enrichment activities offered by your local parks and recreation department, your local YMCA or YWCA, or even activities offered by your child's school or church. Many of these activities are reasonably priced or free, making them attractive options for families on a budget.
Enrichment Activities for Preteens
Arts ActivitiesArts-related activities can include art lessons, sewing lessons, or classes that focus on crafts or art appreciation. Your local parks and recreations department is a great place to find arts and craft courses for children and preteens. Or, try your local arts and crafts supply store to see if they offer classes for children.
Other places to find arts activities include area museums or art galleries. Or, purchase some art supplies for your child to see what she can accomplish on her own. If your child is interested in the performing arts, contact your local community theatre about opportunities for children.
Children interested in music may want to consider joining the school band or chorus, or taking up an instrument such as the piano or guitar.
Reading Enrichment ActivitiesChildren who love to read, or who need reading intervention should contact the school reading teacher for a list of reading enrichment suggestions. Joining a tween book club is a great way for children to enjoy reading in a group environment. You can also foster your child's reading skills by reading a book together, or by purchasing magazines geared toward tweens. Be sure to ask your child's teacher for a summer reading list to encourage learning retention during the summer months.
Sports ActivitiesSport-related activities can include both competitive and non-competitive sports. Most competitive sports are team sports such as soccer, football, basketball, softball, hockey, cheerleading, swimming, field hockey, volleyball, etc. But children looking for sports activities without the competition may want to look into non-competitive or individualized activities such as biking, hiking, fencing, shooting, canoeing, aerobics, fishing, and karate.
Your county or city probably offers sports leagues for children. Your child's school may also offer recreational or intramural sports for students. Many non-competitive sports can be enjoyed individually, or through common interest groups or clubs.