The only electives I took in middle school were Spanish, which I liked, and orchestra, which I hated. In high school I took many more but still limited myself in variety. I took Spanish I, II, III and IV, Aerobics and Body Sculpting, athletic training, and Dance I, II, III, IV, and V. I loved dance and Spanish has been extremely helpful in my life so far so I don’t regret those decisions, per say, but I do wish I’d branched out a bit while it was free. In college I took more Spanish and skipped a gym membership in favor of pilates, exercise science, dance, dance, and more dance.
If I could go back in time and repeat high school… well, I wouldn’t. But if I had no choice (and my crying and begging didn’t put a stop to the time travel), I’d branch out. I’d try child development, home economics, outdoor adventure, graphic design. I’d look for a creative writing option and I might try drawing and painting. I’d take piano if it were an option, American or British literature. I'll admit it was way too social for me, but marching band (specifically drum line) looked so fun.
Ryan and I are very determined to make part of our highschoolers’ homeschool include job shadowing many, many jobs. We want them to have a really good idea of what they do and do not see themselves doing for years to come. But we’d also like them to try out many electives. I’ve been keeping a master list I add to all the time and I can’t wait to see what options each of them will someday pick each year.
Languages (We already work on Spanish but maybe they’d also like to learn ASL, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, any of the many languages in the world?)
Other music options