Last September when I decided to give Ella and Gavin the opportunity to join a Homeschool bowling league, I admit I was a little unsure about it. When we showed up the first day they were the youngest kids in the group which was definitely a little intimidating. Up until that point, they had most of their experiences with bowling by little more than a remote and our favorite Wii sports game, in the comfort of their own home none the less. They’d never bowled without bumpers, which is obviously a saving grace to kids when they want to feel successful at this sport! In a league however, it is about learning all aspects of the game; good form, picking a ball, lane etiquette, rules and scoring, skill development and of course zero dependency on lane bumpers! I realized that this would be a good challenge for them both. Knowing that they’d have great support and guidance throughout the way, I was confident with the decision for them to join!
The session last season turned out great! They had loads of fun and made so many new friends. It was a really good challenge for them through out it because it definitely didn’t come easy. They were too little to really get the proper form down, so it was a lot of “double-handed” bowling, but they tried their best.
Towards the end of 3 games, you can see their energy levels kind of dragging. That didn’t stop them from wanting to come back though each week. Fortunately I was even able to meet up with some fellow homeschooling mama’s, which is always a blessing.
At the end of last years session, they each received a certificate of completion and celebrated with a party and “fun bowl.”
After the first of the year, Ella and Gavin decided that bowling was something they wanted to do again. so we went ahead and signed up for this current session we are in now.
The league was also opened up to the parents this time around, so guess who signed up?!!
Yes mama did 🙂
El and Gav were super excited to have me play. This time however, they each wanted to branch away and play on different teams. They played with each other on a team last session. Now Gavin plays on a team with a couple of his buddies, they are TEAM GNS. Ella and I play with one of her girlfriends and we are The Slowpokes… I don’t think I need to explain that one lol 😉
Having this experience for them has truly been an exciting one. It’s something fun to look forward to that they can do together each week. They know every Tuesday is the big day, so sometimes Monday is warm-up day on the Wii haha. We get extra sleep the night before and I get to insist on a good breakfast so they keep up on energy. 🙂 On occasions I like to treat them to a lunch date with friends, following a morning of bowling.
Even Grant has had his share of fun. I would probably call him the league mascot because he gets doted on by all the kids and is always there to cheer sister, brother or friends on. Also offering the occasional high-fives!
I make sure to equip him with plenty of things to do!
You might catch him doing important business on his laptop…
Or even sneaking a turn by assisting on the lane…
The interaction with other kids has been a great benefit to all three of them. They are gaining ability to relate with various ages and personalities. The patience with the game and focus, as well as strength that it takes to get the bowling balls down that lane is commendable. They have both improved so much and are doing really well!
On the other hand, Mommy still has a long way to go with her bowling talent, or lack there of. But I’m having fun with my little loves, so that’s all that matters to me!