A decade (and more) ago, I read Earl Stevens’s “Talk About Learning” column in Home Education Magazine. The title of one column comes to mind today concerning sports and “P.E.” The column’s concept resonates deeply with me because it reminds me of the pick-up games I played as a child and as a teenager. Those games ranged among marbles, jacks and tic-tac-toe, red rover, freeze tag and the dangerous ‘crack the whip,’ hopscotch, “Chinese” hopscotch, and foursquare, whiffle ball, baseball and football.
Parents, other adults, and especially teachers, never had a thing to do with our everyday games.
I think it is easier for one or two parents to organize and advertise family baseball in a newsletter or bulletin board and by word of mouth than for the entire support group to hash out all the details and to delegate responsibility for them. All it takes is somebody who cares about the game and is willing to lug the equipment to the field once a week.
Because of these earlier influences, it’s always with bemusement that I read about homeschooling groups needing a school to provide “P.E.”
PE for home-schooled students, 4 October 2007, Puyallup Herald, Puyallup, Washington
What looks like a regular gym class at the Robert Miller Gymnasium is actually a group of local home-schooled students gathered together to play games and team sports.
Home-school P.E. focuses on giving home-schooled students an opportunity to play with a larger group, said instructor Rebecca Oetter, a recreation specialist for the Sumner School District.
posted by Valerie