Why do so many people and groups want to save homeschoolers? (or anyone else, for that matter?) Don’t get me wrong. I believe in charity and lending a helping hand, but hearing the repeated attitude of ‘oh, you poor things’ wears one down. We’re not maimed creatures in need of saving, our lives are just as wholesome and fulfilling as anyone else’s.
Home-schooled children get taste of sports, 24 January 2008, The Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado
Although children who are educated at home can get the physical exercise they might need during the day, they don’t always get the social interaction or team-building skills that come from playing sports or participating in multiple-player games, said Jeff Benjamin, a physical education teacher at Rivendell School.
“We started this last year with a group of kids that played soccer and did some throwing activities, and then we were going to play kickball, and most of them had never played, and I thought, ‘How can you go through life being a kid and never play kickball?’” he said.
“It’s been phenomenal,” she said. “There are P.E. opportunities through gymnastics, but there’s nothing that teaches them all different sports, and it’s so important to get them exposed to all these different sports.”
“How can you go through life being a kid and never play kickball?” Probably the same way you can go through life being a kid and never play Sevens. Perhaps you’ve never heard of Sevens? Strange. How can anyone go through her childhood without having played Sevens? That was t.h.e. hot ball game among the girls on our playground when I was in elementary school.
Sevens at school was a ball game against the wall by yourself or on a beam. You had to catch the ball on the full seven times, throw against the wall then one bounce 6 times, 5 bounces on the ground, 4 – you threw under your leg and against the wall, 3 – against the wall, bounce and then bounce 3 times on the ground, 2 – bounce on floor, wall, floor and catch, and 1 – against the wall, bounce and you spin around and catch.
The first round you did was both hands, the next right hand, the = next left hand – and I never got beyond that.
We didn’t do right hand and left hand, we did clapsies, which meant you had to clap immediately after throwing the ball. The 6th graders often got up to to 2-clapsies!
Sevens wasn’t a team game, but we all took turns — turns that were rigorously enforced by whoever didn’t have the ball at the moment.
The photo is of me playing Sevens — it looks as if I was up to 1-clapsies.
Just because something’s a local phenomenon, doesn’t mean it’s universal.
“… it’s so important to get them exposed to all these different sports.” Why? Okay, it may be interesting, and it may be something the kids enjoy very much, but that can be said about many activities. I would have liked to have been exposed more to horseback riding when I was a kid (I was a manic horse-story reader), but it didn’t happen very often, so there you are. I had to make do with swimming, sailing, water-skiing, bowling and riding my bike.
I don’t intend to demean enthusiasts and parents for organizing group activities, but it isn’t as if the poor homeschooling families can’t put together their own activities, or as if kids can’t just go out and play.
Time for Family Baseball, May-June 1997, Home Education Magazine
Spring is here and it is time once again for our support group to begin playing Thursday morning Family Baseball. This has become one of our most enduring gatherings because, for five months out of the year, it is our weekly community meeting place where we chat, share snacks, fly kites, meet friends, check out the bulletin board, and even play baseball. After the game the parking lot becomes the launch area for spontaneous excursions to the beach, fishing expeditions, and picnics.
The desire to help out with the kids, or put together a program, or just have a good time with the kids, whether they’re homeschooled or not, is not the irritant. The irritant is the latent condescension. Homeschooling families may not mirror public school families or private school families, but we’re whole just the same.
posted by Valerie