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As homeschool parents, we often put much of our focus on the traditional indoor academics and not as much on homeschool physical education. Traditional academics are very important and you can read a couple of my reviews on different curricula here:
However, a homeschool education should always be well balanced with physical education.
From the simple, such as taking the dog for a fast walk, to the somewhat unconventional, like walking on stilts, this list has a wide variety of ideas for your homeschool physical education program. Don’t forget to always stretch and warm up first, then tackle one of these great ways to get in your daily homeschool physical education requirements.
- Turn on the music and dance for 30 minutes. My kids absolutely love it when I let them turn up their favorite music and free dance for a half hour. You can also play freeze dance or have a dance off family competition. Homeschool physical education has never been so fun!
- Jump rope in the backyard. From crossovers to double jumps to high knees, there are a variety of different jump roping techniques you can learn. There are several YouTube videos that will show you how to do the various jump rope techniques.
- Go for a family bike ride around the neighborhood.
- Go for a nature hike. Find new places around your community to explore. Consider how you can incorporate your hike into your science lessons.
- Play backyard soccer. All you need for backyard soccer are some cones and a soccer ball. Set up the cones to mark the goals and the boundaries. If you don’t have a big enough backyard, then use your local park’s grassy field.
- Go swimming in the pool. Don’t just play in the pool, learn a variety of different strokes. Once your kids get proficient at a certain stroke, they can have races. What a great way to get in your homeschool physical education requirements on those hot days!
- Learn how to hula hoop. You can find YouTube videos showing you the correct way to hula. Then you can have a contest to see who can hula the longest.
- Take the dog for a fast walk. Most dogs (especially our dog, Sparkles) love to go for fast walks. See if you can keep up with them. See who gets tired faster – the dog, the kids, or you!
- Play tag. It’s not just freeze tag anymore. Google “types of tag games” and you’ll find a variety of tag game versions that your kids will have a blast playing.
- Learn how to play pickleball. Pickleball is a super fun game that is a mix between tennis, badminton, and table tennis. You can buy a pickleball set that includes everything you need, then find videos on YouTube to show you exactly how to play.
- Do simple strength training exercises. From sit ups to push-ups to planks, just learning how to use your body weight to stay strong is such an important life skill. Plus, it is a great way to meet your daily homeschool physical education requirements that doesn’t cost a dime!
- Give yoga a try. Find a yoga DVD that the family can do together, such as Yoga For Families, and give it a try.
- Learn how to walk on stilts. What kid would not love to learn to walk on stilts? In order to walk on stilts, you must learn balance and coordination, therefore it definitely qualifies for your homeschool physical education requirement.
- Play hopscotch. All you need is some chalk and a flat outside surface you can write on. Then follow these directions for this classic childhood game!
- Play frisbee. Go to a large field or grassy area and practice throwing and catching a frisbee.
- Train for a 5k together. There are lots of programs to help you train for a 5k. Just Google “how to train for a 5k” and you can pick from a variety of options.
- Try pilates. Find a pilates DVD geared towards kids, such as Stott Pilates for Kids, and give it a try.
- Play basketball. Shooting hoops is a great way to get in your homeschool physical education requirements. You don’t even need your own basketball hoop. Just grab a basketball and find a local park with a basketball court. You can practice dribbling, shooting free throws, or even play games like H-O-R-S-E.
- Go sledding. Yes, sledding does count as exercise. After all, walking and running up those hills is a major workout! What an awesome way to get in your homeschool physical education when it’s snowing!
- Play backyard volleyball. Get a simple backyard volleyball set and put it up in your backyard or at your local park. Kids will have a blast volleying the ball back and forth!
- Play Red Light, Green Light. All you need for this classic childhood game is a large area and some kid energy!
- Learn how to play backyard croquet. Get yourself a croquet set and go the United States Croquet Association website where they have all the rules of the game laid out for you. I bet your kids will be teaching their friends how to play croquet in no time!
- Get moving with aerobics. There are several aerobics DVDs out there, such as Denise Austin’s Fit Kids, that can show kids the right way to do aerobics.
- Set up an obstacle course at your local park. Kids love obstacle courses, and there are so many ways you can set them up. If you need some ideas, take a look at Pinterest or Google “obstacle course ideas for kids”.
- Play catch with a football.
- Go bowling. Many bowling alleys offer deals during the day hours to entice customers. Also, during the summer, some bowling alleys participate in the Kids Bowl Free promotion. By signing up at the Kids Bowl Free website, registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling every day in the summertime (at participating bowling alleys). If you school year round, you can use those 2 free games as a way to meet your homeschool physical education requirements. If you don’t school year round, you can use them to help beat the heat!
- Go golfing. Find a local driving range and hit a bucket of balls for 30 minutes. If you don’t have a club for your kids, sometimes the driving ranges have ones available for your kids to use while they are there or you can find one here.
- Learn how to play a sport from a different culture. If your kids are studying about England in history, then you could teach them how to play the game of cricket. Whatever culture or country they are learning about, research the games or sports from that culture and learn how to play them.
- Play foursquare. For this game, all you need is a playground ball, a flat outside surface, and some chalk. Did you know there is a blog dedicated solely to the game of foursquare? It has everything you would want to know about the game and you can find it here.
- Jump! You don’t need a huge trampoline to have a blast jumping. Just a small rebounder (like this one) can be just as fun and as much of a workout!
- Play tennis. Many communities have public tennis courts that are free to use, and they are often empty during the weekdays. Take advantage of this time to teach your kids some basic tennis skills and get in your homeschool physical education.
There are your 31 fun ideas on how to incorporate homeschool physical education into your day. If you want more recommendations, there are two books that I suggest which thoroughly cover homeschool physical education.
The first book is The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book by Guy Bailey. It has over 160 pages of traditional and non-traditional games, and explains those games in detail. It is a very thorough book that would be an excellent resource for your homeschool.
The second book I recommend is Home School Family Fitness by Dr. Bruce Whitney. This book lays out a full year of homeschool physical education curriculum for grades K-12. It covers everything from doing a fitness test to learning about the bones and muscles of the body. Of course, there are lots of physical activities in there as well.
Whatever you choose to do for your homeschool physical education, remember to make it fun for both you and your kids!
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