Our recent homeschool PE experience was awesome. After a mishap at the beach, we decided we'd put off swim lessons too long. We couldn't afford lessons, so with some trepidation, we bought a 3-month family swim pass, and figured out the times we could go. I never competed in swimming, and never had training as a swim instructor, but I am quite at home in the water, and I know my kids. I also loved it that our daughters were learning to swim in the same pool I did.
My husband's bus home continues on to the pool, so we would meet for the Friday evening family swim times. That time together was a treasure. We didn't do lessons, but the girls would show off what they'd learned, and we'd all play together. Two days of the week, however, we took advantage of the flexibility of homeschool and went during the day, when most kids are stuck in a classroom.
Mondays and Wednesdays in the midmorning, we fell in with a wonderful little community of regular patrons. We started at the end of August, so the summer crowds were gone. There'd be maybe a preschooler or two with a mother. A most unexpected bonus was a group of "seasoned citizens" who met to play beach ball games. Because Big Sister was making faster progress than Little Sister, I'd work with her for 15-20 minutes, then let her join the game. Big Sister learned that Mama isn't the only one who sets boundaries on behavior, and she learned to play by the rules. NEVER once did any of these seniors ever bring up the "socialization question" (I explained what this is to Big Sister, and she's laughing her head off). Meanwhile, Little Sister, who has some learning challenges, got one-on-one instruction and mastered many new skills. That's a tremendous boost for a challenged student's self-esteem.
Unfortunately, the city can no longer continue to fund the pool. Many people attended and spoke at a City Council meeting to urge the Council to continue funding the pool and/or find alternatives. Among those who addressed the Council was my 11-year-old ("Big Sister"). Our community newspaper quoted her on the front page of the next edition! Little Sister doesn't go for public speaking, so she sent the City Council a drawing to represent what the pool means to her. What an adventure, and a tremendous civics lesson!
So you never know what you're going to end up doing if you stick your nose out the schoolroom door.
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