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Homeschool PE Saves the Day!

My son went out for a "Roomies" activity at college.  I'm not completely sure, but I think it's a boys dorm room and a girls dorm room go out together for an organized activity.  When Alex went out, for example, this group of college kids went ice skating, out to "bubble tea" (think college-age version of Starbuck's) and then (as a group) to the park to look at the city lights.

Let me just say, first of all, that my son is having a TON of fun at college!  What a total blast!  Can I have some good, clean fun too?

But we were discussing ice skating, and he said it was really fun!  It reminded me of my first week of homeschooling.  The boys were in 3rd and 5th grade when we started our journey.  Our first week of school (third day of homeschooling, actually!) we went with a homeschool group to the "homeschool skate" for roller skating.  We walked into the Skate Deck, and when I looked at the floor, I saw a small child fall pretty hard.  Immediately, teenagers came out of the woodwork!  A whole group of teens skated up to the young child, scooped him off, and skated with him over to his mother at the side.  I was stunned!  I had never imagined that it was possible for teenagers to act in such a kind and responsible manner!  It was shocking!  I remember going home and telling my husband, "we have absolutely made the RIGHT decision to homeschool!  If homeschoolers can raise teenagers to act like that, then homeschooling is exactly what we should be doing!"  I had been around a lot of teens, but that was an unusual display of character, and it really affected us.

We continued with our weekly trips to the Skate Deck for PE.  I had seen the PE class in public school for years.  They played games, but mostly what I heard from my children was about how long they had to wait in line during class.  In contrast, our homeschool PE class involved one full hour (or was it two?) of skating.  Actual physical activity.  My children learned a physical skill that they could use throughout their lives.  Here we are with college age students, and they are able to enjoy "Roomies" activities because our homeschool PE class taught skating instead of waiting in line!  Our PE may not have covered some things, but my kids do know how to roller skate, bowl, swim, ski, and play soccer.

Homeschool PE has benefits even now.

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Guest - J W on Friday, 12 December 2008 18:17

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.

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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