People are always curious as to my reasons for homeschooling the children. The reasons are myriad but include my desire for the children to be excellent and not overwhelmed. I want them to excel and develop talents. I don't think anyone came with any natural talent except maybe determination and persistence. The girls could barely do cartwheels last year at this time. We wondered if their recreation teachers would pass them out of level 1. Now here we are, and although they were definitely in the middle to bottom tiers of their teams, not too bad.
Gymnastics adds a wonderful balance to our homeschooling. It gives the girls large blocks of time which they spend with a peer group and other adults. It is a situation which requires discipline and performance. Brent and I have no desire to train them for a future in gymnastics, most likely by the time they are 12 we will have reaped all the benefits of the sport. The rigorous time demands can be very difficult for teammates who spend 7 hours at school. It is a drain on the child and the family. This has become very clear from my conversations with the mothers of their peers. For now, gymnastics is serving an excellent purpose in the health and well being of the girls. And I do have to say, the yogi in me is getting very jealous of their continually improving handstands and flexibility. I can still beat them hands down though in any head stand contest!