When it comes to homeschooling, there are so many things to think about and plan just for the core subjects, that sometimes electives get pushed to the back burner. For years I neglected to teach homeschool P.E., but recently I have made some big changes.
In my state, it is a requirement for students to have a physical education credit to graduate. Additionally, I want my children to have a solid foundation in healthy living before they are out on their own in just a few short years. So, I decided it was best to just get my family up and moving together.
Here are five homeschool P.E. ideas to incorporate into your homeschool schedule this year to get your heart pumping and get your sweat on as a family.
1. Join a Gym
Having a gym membership can open up the door to so many different physical activities for you and your children to participate in. My local gym offers cardio equipment, weight room, a pool, and a number of classes. If you are going to pay for a membership, make sure to take full advantage of everything your gym has to offer. My children and I have participated in:
- spin classes
- swim lessons
- open swim
- nerf night
- open gym (basketball)
2. Go Walking or Hiking
Bring your P.E. lessons outside. I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but I live in Michigan…which means over half of the year we live in a frozen tundra! After years of living in North Carolina, this was a huge adjustment for my family, but it has made us cherish the summer months that much more.
My children and I love to get out and go walking around our neighborhood or the lake and hike on local trails. I have found our walks and hikes to be the perfect time to catch up with my teenagers and sneak in a little extra learning.
We have done a number of nature studies while getting our miles in, such as:
- bird watching
- leaf collecting
- plant investigation
- berry picking
3. Get in the Pool
Not only is swimming a ton of fun, but it is an excellent full body workout. By simply swimming and playing in the pool for an hour, you can burn anywhere from 400-800 calories. But why not step it up and really feel the burn by incorporating water aerobics into your P.E. schedule? My favorite water exercises are:
- frog jumps
- sumo squats
- jumping jacks
- jumping lunges
- high knee marching
- running, walking, or swimming laps
- flutter kick (hold on to side of pool and kick your legs until you can’t continue)
Take things one step further, and create a pool circuit workout. For example, my children complete the following circuit regularly:
- run – 5 laps
- jumping jacks – 25 reps
- jumping lunges – 10 reps
- jumping jacks – 25 reps
- high knee marching/running – 5 laps
- sumo squats – 25 reps
- jumping lunges – 10 reps
- frog jumps – 25 reps
- backward run – 5 laps
- flutter kick – as long as possible
This circuit will kick your butt, and make your legs feel like jello when you get out of the pool.
4. Schedule a Playdate
Let’s face it. Unless you have an extremely large family, it is impossible to play some gym class favorites at home. Schedule a playdate at a park or community center with other homeschool families, and arrange group activities for the children such as:
- flag football
- capture the flag
- red light, green light
- color catcher
Is your homeschool teenager trying to log more volunteer hours? These playdates are the perfect time to let the teens take charge and coach/supervise all the festivities. I’m sure the mamas wouldn’t mind a bit of adult conversation while the children have fun.
5. Do Homeschool PE Right There at Home
Are you sick of paying monthly fees to your local gym, but still want to do some weightlifting? Build your own garage gym, and have access to weightlifting equipment right outside your front door. You don’t have to own a lot of equipment to successfully incorporate weightlifting into your homeschool P.E. course. In fact, just a few dumbbells will do the trick!
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Is purchasing gym equipment not an option right now? Not a problem! Try using the follow household supplies instead:
- milk jugs filled with water or sand
- canned goods
- water bottles filled with water, sand, or small rocks
- paint cans
No matter what you decide to do to get those little hearts racing, just make sure to keep it fun! Children are more likely to embrace a healthy lifestyle if it is an enjoyable experience for them. How do you teach P.E. in your homeschool?
Roxanne Raiche is a book hoarding, coffee loving, homeschooling mama of three children in Michigan. She started her homeschooling journey back in 2011 after her youngest son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, and hasn’t looked back since. Roxanne is the voice behind Homework and Horseplay, where she shares her homeschool journey, STEM boxes, and Tea Time Tuesdays. Follow Roxanne on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
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