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The play’s the thing…

To paraphrase, just a bit.

Another bonus to living where we do is the incredible support available for home schooling families.  There is a group (collective?  collaboration?) of parents linked via computer who all home school.  Most are unschoolers but there are parents following all different styles of learning/education.  It is a very inclusive bunch.

One parent, the fabulous Nancy, has a young teen daughter who loves to direct/stage plays.  Having had great success with her first play, this girl, H, has decided to do another.  The rehearsals have been spread over several months, culminating sometime in June/July with a performance.

H has chosen to do “The Wizard of Oz” this time (Aristocats, last time) but as we all do everything we can to encourage inclusion, this Wizard has six, yes six, Dorothy parts!  We’ve all chipped in $5 so that H wasn’t out of pocket buying the script and Nancy has opened her home for all rehearsals.

What a boon!  Not only is there yet another opportunity for socialisation (something our son is no longer au fait with like when he was younger and something critics of homeschooling always point to as a negative), but there is plentiful learning happening.  Social skills.  Being patient.  The virtue of practice.  The concept of entertainment.  It is wonderful.

Would you believe that H is such a confident girl, she manages this by herself?  Up to 40 or so children can be present (I think it was 60 one day) and there is no pandemonium.  Seen that in a public school lately?  No.

Teachers (who I think are modern day saints – at least the ones who really want to teach) cannot be expected to control 60 kids when they are pumped up and running loose.  H can do this because they are a particular bunch of kids who are learning particular skills that come from more interaction with the adult world.  My humble opinion, anyways.

To cut to the chase, Mr.D. has been cast as Rascal, one of the Flying Monkeys.  Told you H was clever!



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Homeschoolers rock

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.

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