One argument parents get when they mention homeschool is “what about gym class?” An understandable question. With our current society childhood obesity is running wild. What would happen if a child did not get gym class? The truth is we look at physical education the wrong way. In public school kids get together for an hour twice a week to run off extra energy. Homeschool physical education is different.
What is homeschool physical education?
In homeschool physical education kids learn about health and fitness while having fun. Sounds like public school right? Maybe not. You see homeschool physical education is customized to the child. does your child love a sport? Sign up for it. Dance? Go for it! Yoga, running, swimming? Go for it. Have fun and do what your child is interested in. If you love an exercise you are more likely to do it. The same goes for your child.
Everyday play for homeschool physical education.
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Not into organized activities? That’s okay homeschool physical education is does not have to be organized. Just get up and get out that counts. Go for a walk. Go hiking. Ride bikes. Play at the park. You can have fun and get plenty of physical activity. in fact your homeschool child is likely to get much more activity than other children. School takes only a couple of hours a day.
How our family does homeschool physical education.
For us homeschool physical education is about having fun and being active a bit each day. These kids only get one childhood. We like a have fun and don’t sweat it approach. From swimming on a nice day, to running laps at a truck stop while traveling homeschool P.E. options are endless.
The kids love there dance class with Mother Goose Time (well the girls do…) I love the fun active games that come with Mother Goose Time as well with activities like yoga made fun and exciting or running around pretending to be an animal. Worst case we can pull out the monthly CD and set the kids off to a bit of free dancing to work out those wiggles to help the children focus.
Physical activity is a major part of our treatment for ADHD in our oldest. What ways do you get active in your homeschool?