22 August 12
It wasn’t me walking a tight-rope today, it was Aisha and Brioni. We had an opportunity for the girls to pick up fun circus skills when we joined a local home-education group for a workshop at the fantastic Aerial Angels Academy on the Gold Coast.
At least twenty children from ages five to fifteen came to the workshop. The staff at the academy divided the children into three groups according to height, and each group rotated through the activities.
At the start of the session, Aisha and Brioni weren’t certain that they wanted to participate. The warm-up was fast-paced and impersonal, and so we all watched from the side-lines. However, once the groups split up, our girls were lured by the fun — first Brioni, then Aisha.
Usually I enjoy using these meet-ups to chat with other homeschooling parents, but with Calista and Delaney not participating, I used the time to play intensely with them so they wouldn’t feel left out. We all had fun, but I did leave feeling a bit isolated after sharing only a brief chat with the mother who organised the outing. However, I’m so thankful to her for setting this up, as it gave our girls a fantastic exposure to these fun skills which they may or may not choose to continue in the future!
Photos featuring me are kindly provided by another homeschooling parent. Thanks, Danny.