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External Activities (Sports, mainly) [message #820133] Mon, 03 July 2017 19:10 Go to next message
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I know that there is no "law" that says Yes/No... nonetheless, I'd like your feedback as to external activities for young homeschooling students (target: Kindergarten/1st grade). I know that they would be rich for socializing opportunities...over regular park days where he'll just meet whomever is there at the same time, and a weekly MOPs group (where he'll be one of the oldest since not a lot homeschool) I don't have anything really planned. There are opportunities for 6-8 week (one day a week) things here and there where if I pay, I can be part of a greater group...but everything else will be more or less like the park...If there are kids at a zoo or kids museum and they want to play together, fine, but we'll likely not see them again.

I'm noticing how many kiddos are in sports...and I know that my little guy would love to do them, but I'm not sure he has the discipline (and he has, at heart, a real issue with competitiveness). The truth, though, are finances and the extreme humidity/heat have me really not wanting to sign him up for anything. At all. Late fall, I'll join the Y and they have kid physical activities during the day as well as on weekends...so there's sort of opptys there?

We missed being able to do this for the first batch of children because of money and opportunity (work). They were late elementary before we put a couple in softball. One loved it, the other just liked the social...neither were great - particularly when compared to their friends who started at toddlerhood. Before MOPs broke for the summer, I listened to women truly fret over the advantages these things would provide their kids when they reached highschool (they are toddlers now!) and some of them already had three or four activities for their kids (dance, soccer, swim, other sports). They also complained about being drained (and that's the part that worries me).

Can you just share your experiences? How did you weigh things like this?

Re: External Activities (Sports, mainly) [message #820135 is a reply to message #820133 ] Tue, 04 July 2017 15:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We couldn't afford it... and when relatives provided the experience it was overwhelming for me to hold to the schedule in the heat. Confused About the only "socialization" our kids had on a regular basis was with a couple of families with kids the same age and then friends through church. None of the kids were terribly interested in sports to boot.

I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~Phil 3:13-14~
Re: External Activities (Sports, mainly) [message #820156 is a reply to message #820133 ] Fri, 07 July 2017 10:30 Go to previous message
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My rule - for my own sanity - is one activity per kid. We did more when they were younger, but I quickly realized that was not going to work for us. So, the kids had to choose their favorite.

DD takes dance. It is something she loves and I foresee it being part of her life for a long time. She currently says she wants to be a dance teacher when she grows up. I think this would be a great plan for her, since she wants to be a mom and this would give her lots of flexibility. It does cost a lot. But, I was able to plan it into the budget and it was worth it to us because she has a real passion for it.

DS is in Boy Scouts. I'm not too happy with the organization's direction, lately. But, DH doesn't think we need to pull him out at this time. If we did, we would sign him up for a similar Christian group, because I do love all the stuff he learns and the skills he gains. The meetings don't cost that much ($10/mo for our troop). But, the gear for camping can be expensive. Thankfully, he can just ask for that for birthdays/Christmas from family.

Jack played soccer this past Spring. But, that was mostly because his cousin and lot of friends from church were all on the same team. Jack basically spent the whole time splashing in puddles and I don't think he'd even recognize the kids on his team that he didn't already know. Laughing

My twins have made friends in these activities. But, they are friends that they only see at these activities. It reminds me of work friendships, where you are friends because you happen to spend a lot of time together rather than having things in common or sharing deep thoughts and ideas. Their close friends are all from church and co-op. These are the people that we make a point to see outside of shared activities.

It helps that I really know the parents of these kids and that we are like-minded. I only know the parents of DD's dance friends enough to say "hi". I know DS's scout parents better, but we are not very like-minded and I would not be comfortable letting him go to many of their houses, because of some of these differences. I don't have these concerns with their church and co-op friends.

Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
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