WINCHESTER, VA- In home schooling, one subject that's often left out is physical education or P.E.
"It is a very important part of their curriculum," says Barbara Scott a home school P.E instructor. "You have your math and your reading, but physical fitness is also very important," she adds.
The Winchester Sportsplex is offering P.E. classes for home-schooled students who wouldn't normally get them.
"This gives them two days a week that they can come for an hour and a half each," says Scott. "We'll do basic warm-ups, stretching, some running and then they'll learn the basic fundamentals of a specific game. Then we'll play together that game for the last half or so," she says.
Parents welcome the new opportunity.
"We've been home schooling for about 12 or 13 years," says Toni Fif. "This is a really nice outlet for the kids to be able to come and do some things, exercise and do something with other kids," she adds.
The students say they're excited not only to get out of the house, but to meet new friends and teammates as well.
"I've met a whole lot of people," says Noah Forero, an 8th grade home schooler. "I already know mostly everybody here. I think it's just really great to be here because you're with other people who are just like you, home schooled," he adds.
"I'm just really loving it out here, making new friends, says Trista, a 2nd grade home schooler.
"It doesn't matter how old they are and it's just exactly fun," she adds.
One instructor says the classes have special meaning to him. He was once home-schooled, but didn't have the same outlet.
"I really wanted to be able to have the opportunity to help them," says Bryan Pope, a home school P.E. instructor. "When I was home schooled, I never had an opportunity to have a gym class such as this. So this is a unique opportunity for them," he adds.
The students are hitting the turf and kicking off a new subject that's sure to be a winner.