Physical Education for Homeschoolers
The Importance of PE
"If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all." ~Joey Adams
Exercise - you love it, or you hate it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a necessity. You and your child need at least half an hour of exercise a day in order to stay fit. Exercise strengthens your muscles and your bones, stimulates your digestion and gives you new energy, to name just a few of the many advantages of regular, rigorous exercise.
You certainly don't want your children to risk their health by sitting at their desks or the kitchen table all day, doing workbook exercises or playing educational games on the computer. You don't want them to develop RSI or become overweight. But how do you make sure your homeschooled children get enough exercise?
Of course, making sure you and your homeschooled children get enough exercise can be hard at first, when you're only just getting started. You'll probably have to overcome several obstacles of psychological, practical and financial nature first.
The biggest psychological barrier to take for most homeschoolers, is probably the one thing that seems so easy: getting out of that comfy chair and start working up a sweat. After all, it is much easier to remain snuggled up on the couch, watching an educational movie with your children, than to get up and make sure our homeschooled children get enough exercise.
Practical and financial challenges regarding Physical Education you may run into, include the simple fact that most homeschooling families don't have a workout room in their house. Also, as homeschoolers often live on one income, they haven't got the money to splash out on buying fancy sports equipment either.
Thankfully, it is not difficult to create some space in your living room or a bedroom so it can double as a gym. All it takes is some creative thinking and planning ahead. A simple rug, stored in a drawer when not in use, and ball go a long way if you want to make sure your homeschooled children get enough exercise.
Some home educating families may enjoy practising yoga or Pilatus together, whereas others will be much more likely to stick to an exercise routine that includes activities as cycling, swimming and roller skating. Still others might prefer ball games and other team sports.
In the end, it doesn't really matter which kind of exercise you choose, as long as you make sure your homeschooled children get enough exercise.