Today my daughter started her 1st of many Softball practices. This is her 3rd year playing and she not only enjoys it, but she is getting pretty good at it too! Can you tell I am a Proud SoftBall Momma?!
As a homeschooler, I think it is so very important that we allow our children to be active in activity's like Sports, Music, Scouts, co-ops, etc. It is good for them to be around other children, to learn a talent, to be part of a group, etc. I know cost can be an issue. Like myself, many of us are surviving on one income. Still, there are many options you can do even on a tight budget. For instants, most church and/or county programs offer discounts and payment plans for low income families as do Scouts Boy & Girl. Co-ops are usually free to join, some only requiring helping out and bringing your own child's supplies like crayons, paper, etc. Plus, most homeschoolers like to meet up just to have play dates at the park or meet at library's for fun activity's too!
Now, if you are a traveler like myself, you may be wondering how can I do any of this, if we are moving from place to place? Well, I can understand this issue. However, just because you may not be in an area that long, does not mean you shouldn't allow your child to enjoy the friendship of others, even if it is briefly.
What I do is try to research the areas I know we will be staying in for more than a day or two (to see if there are in homeschool groups in the area). As far as sports, this one requires a little more time commitment, in said area, I will admit. Still, Sport do not last very long. So, if you can manage to stay in one spot for a lil bit, to allow your child the experience of being part of a team and playing a game they enjoy, then it is worth the pause in your travel plans I would think ;)
In other Homeschool News, my son has developed a love, I mean a addiction lol, for learning games. He can not get enough! His favorite ones are the music games and the math games :) I just love the computer age, it makes being able to teach my children so much easier!
Until next time...