Probably one of the most dreaded word in a homeschooling parent’s vocabulary is socialization. So we scour the area in hopes of finding activities our children would enjoy and make friends in.
The Dance Class
This past fall, my daughter turned three. We decided to place her in a combination tap and ballet class with the local recreation department. Since we always catch her flitting about the house, we thought that she would like dancing with other girls her age. At the end of the school year, there would be a review with all the teacher’s students.
We gathered the necessary uniform items: pink leotard, tights, and ballet shoes; black tap shoes; a dance bag. The first night of dance class went well. At the end of class, our daughter received a sticker and a sucker. The next week, she received just a sucker. The next week… nothing. The teacher chalked it up to her age; she was the youngest in the class.
For several weeks and into the next semester, my daughter would alternate between a spectrum of cooperating and running wild around the classroom. I even attended some classes with her to help her acclimate. Finally, the teacher asked that we not bring her back as she needed to take the remaining weeks to teach the class their routines for recital. As we had just paid the full balance for her costume, I was not pleased.
Eventually I realized that every child has a different learning style. Even though she was not fully participating in class, my daughter would come home and show us all the different moves and dances she had learned. She may have seemed like she wasn’t listening; but she had heard everything going on. I had the same trouble in school. In fact, my parents pulled me out of dance class when I was her age. Maybe we’ll try dance class again in the fall. Maybe we won’t. We’ll just have to see where this free spirit leads us.