That sound you hear on a Tuesday in Mankato might be the crashing of pins as the WOW! Zone offers the first Homeschool Bowling League in the area. Almost 50 homeschooled children can be found on the lanes, ranging from those in kindergarten through high school grades.
This is the first time a formal arrangement like this has been offered in the area for bowling and many families are taking advantage of it. There are a few instructors on hand who wander through the sea of children and help with everything from showing a 6 year old how to hold the ball to a 14 year old the best way to approach for a split.
For many homeschool families, finding opportunities for large group lessons like this can be challenging. Because the league is open to any homeschool child in the area who is strong enough to lift and throw the ball, families can have all children participating across the age spans. Older children can use these lessons to meet some of the physical education requirements needed to complete high school transcripts.
This new league all started with a little conversation between a homeschooling mom and a co-owner from the WOW! Zone. That homeschool mom approached the local homeschool group via email and requested a virtual showing of hands of interested families. Everything snowballed from there (appropriate for a Minnesota winter activity).
An unexpected benefit of the formation of this new league is the new dialogue that has been created between homeschool families in the area and businesses and organizations in the community. A new online group, Southern Minnesota Homeschool Connection, has been started as a way for homeschool families to connect with other groups in the community. Representatives from places such as Barnes & Noble bookstore and the WOW! Zone can directly send messages to homeschool families about upcoming events and opportunities.
The Homeschool Bowling League provides an outlet for extra energy, instruction for the children in an area where parents might not have experience, and opportunities for socializing with friends (for moms, too). It is also a perfect option for a little fun in frigid Minnesota winters.