This might be a silly question but I was wondering what other families do to satisfy the requirement for physical ed. The curriculum that my husband and I like includes competitive sports and I do not agree with that, especially for girls. Any thoughts and advise would be greatly appreciated. We're only at the start of the K level so we have time to figure all this out. I just like to plan ahead :-) thank you! Aneta
My kids are outside a ton! We ride bikes, swim, hike, walk in the park, they play on the monkey bars, swing. We also play some games, non-competitive but so they can learn the basics of how the game is played, like soccer and such. There's probably more but I've never thought beyond that in terms of organizing it!
Thank you sisters!! Our girls are outside a lot too. We don't have a boy yet but does anybody on this board put their boys on teams? I know this might be a question in a different area but do Christians belong on sports teams? In professional sports? I read somewhere, I think it was a Bible track, that was advising against competitive sports. I don't like the idea of sports myself either. If anybody knows of any articles or websites concerning this, i'd greatly appreciate that. Thank you!! Aneta
Post by BillysWife on Jun 13, 2012 16:43:53 GMT -5
Well, I am not homeschooling yet, at least not officially, since my oldest is only 3 1/2. But I grew up homeschooled and there was plenty to do for exercise, even though we didn't know that's what we were actually doing! We lived in the country, so plenty of hills to climb, ride bikes, help our landlord with haying, pick black berries in the summer, swing, run around, etc. As far as sports, none of us (including the boys) were ever on a team, but we all played baseball regularly during the summertime, usually in the evenings after supper. It was so much fun!
Where we are now, we don't have all the countryside like I grew up in. We live in town, so space is limited for exercise. But the children will ride their bikes/tricycles in the yard while I hang laundry, we walk to the store where Daddy works to take him his lunch, we will go to the park, etc. My in-laws have a swingset, trampoline, and pool, which they also enjoy when we go over there. They end up getting plenty of exercise, but like I was when I was growing up, they don't realize it.
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
I think that if you just give children time to be outside, 'exploring' and such, they get a lot of PE. When I was at school, we had 'fitness' every morning and PE lessons, plus sports clinics... so much of it was standing there waiting for the ball to be passed to me (and it never was). I certainly got more physical activity climbing trees and digging holes with my cousins than I ever did in PE lessons at school!
One option might be to go for walks, take the children with you. Vary it - walk sometimes, cycle other times, whatever. Have running races with the children, or sack races in the backyard. Find a suitable waterhole and teach them to swim, and go regularly (our waterhole involves a somewhat strenuous hike to reach it, too). Always involve them with what's happening around the yard, where appropriate - helping build fences, break earth, dig the veggie garden, and so forth. Our chook yard is at the bottom of a hill. Every little thing adds up, even if you don't have formal PE lessons. Given the right opportunity, most children (especially homeschooled children, I think) will find ways to entertain themselves outdoors, running and digging and climbing and doing all sorts of physical activity.
I was thinking - and I forgot to put it in my last post - that if you lead a fairly active lifestyle, you shouldn't really need PE lessons on your homeschooling curriculum. I think PE lessons exist simply to make up for the amount of time schooled children sit behind desks (six hours a day). Homeschoolers often get the same amount of work done in about two hours, and spend the rest of the time helping around the house or playing outdoors (weather permitting). There isn't as much need for a PE lesson. Just my opinion, from Rachel.