Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Learning a New Sport

We had a very short day of school planned because we were heading out to learn a new sport and meet some new homeschoolers today. 

We had the opportunity to take advantage of a free day of indoor rock climbing.  It was pretty far away from our house so we ate lunch along the way while listening to our book on CD.  We arrived to find an amazing gym completely dedicated to rock climbing!


I was taking a class on belaying and they had a worker all ready to take the three boys right over to the wall and climb so they'd be occupied while I was being trained.  Ian was more comfortable coming with me and they encouraged him to take part in the class and learn all the knots and safety features of climbing too. 

The boys had a wonderful afternoon of climbing and I have to say that belaying was more of a workout that I had thought!  My hands, arms and shoulders were a bit sore by the time we left 2 hours later. 

The boys had sore muscles too since rock climbing is quite the workout.

They tried out several different spots on the wall and every climbing spot is designed to be different and offer different challenges.  They had to problem solve as they climb and communicate with the person the floor belaying them. 

It was a great experience and it was so neat to see a whole gym full of other homeschoolers of all ages (not that we knew any of them but it's so neat to see just how many homeschoolers there are and not feel alone!)
getting ready to climb

Ian learning to make the knots

His completed knots

Evan climbing

Evan made it to the top!

Alec climbing

Alec made it to the top too!

Ian tried a few times on a few different courses but only made it part way up

We tried one last wall and Ian made it all the way to the top; That's me
belaying down in front. 

I think he's tired... 

In learning a new sport today we all learned a lot:

  1. The importance of communication
  2. How to stay safe
  3. How to tie knots
  4. To keep trying
  5. Practicing helps improve skills
  6. Mistakes happen and we can learn from them
  7. Thinking positive helps keeps us motivated to try
  8. It's important to celebrate our successes; not matter how small
  9. We all move and learn at a different pace
  10. There are MANY muscles in the human body
  11. Problem solving skills
  12. New vocabulary words
I just love how much homeschooling has opened up our world and allowed us to try so many new things! 

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