Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Homeschool Drama (No, Not the Juicy Stuff)

Becca went back to her homeschool drama class yesterday at a local community theater. She loves being on stage. (Definitely takes after her mama).

Last year, the girls in her class did Shakespeare’s Ladies. It was adorable. Becca developed such an interest in Shakespeare that she ended up reading SEVEN of Shakespeare’s plays.

I don't know about you, but I found Shakespeare’s writing to be dry (and confusing) when I studied him in high school. But a friend told us about the No Fear Shakespeare series. (In these books, the original text is on the left, and the "translation" is on the right). Becca fell in love.

We also watched some of the movie adaptations (including Othello and Much Ado About Nothing). Becca also found Shakespeare in Love, and though it's a fictional story (based on Shakespeare's "love life"), she was smitten.

But back to our homeschool drama class. It’s so nice when places (outside of the homeschooling community) cater to homeschoolers. There are theater programs, sports programs, homeschooler roller skating days and homeschool bowling leagues. Next week, one of our local public pools will accommodate a large group of us for our monthly park day.

I guess the public at large is starting to realize that there are homeschoolers out there (and that we don’t necessarily spend all day at home). More and more places seem to want to cater to these wonderful kids (and parents).

Ask any homeschooler you know, and they’ll tell you about running to drama, and voice lessons, and PE, and gymnastics…

And imagine, I only have one homeschooled child. Multiply these activities times four…or five. (We have several homeschool families in our group with multiple children.) Talk about “Mom’s Taxi!!!”

I am so very thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities available to us...

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