Our Valley has a remarkable group of parents who homeschool; in fact, we make up a sizeable chunk of the educational market here. Not everyone uses the same method of home schooling and we have quite a few options available to us.
One thing that is wonderful and consistent in all the confusion is that we have a network of home schooling parents who organise things. Yes, they have time to do that. And they share, too. They don’t just organise their kids, they help you organise yours, too. I must admit, it is love.
So when a chance came to enroll in the home schoolers Gymnastics class at Comox Recreation Centre, we said a big YES. Now Mr. D. has the same level of physical activity as he did when doing gymnastics directly with the Rec Centre, but has the added bonus of being amongst a multi-age group (so important to me) and getting a chance to see familiar faces and start down, what is to Mr. D., the long and arduous road to making friendships.
People outside of home schooling always ask the very same first question – but what about socialisation – won’t they miss meeting kids at school? NO. Seriously, no. Think back to the kids you went to school with – did you like them all? Chances are, you didn’t. Now imagine you are a kid with eccentricities and challenges – how do you feel you would fit in? Remember anyone like that from your schooling? Now imagine that everyone that you see once or twice a week is also a little, shall we say proudly, odd? You see them every week. Friendships develop. Role models are established. Little kids learn from big kids. Communities are built. And the sugar on top? The kids are all accepting and non judgmental from what we’ve seen and the parents are wonderful, too.
Long live home schooling.