There’s one subject that always seems to get forgotten when talking about homeschooling: Physical Education (PE)!
Ironically, PE is one of the most important things for your kids to learn about and do.
Physical education will set them up for a healthy life where they’re more conscious about being active.
Plus, it can be a great way to split up long school days and encourage your child to be active and have some fun.
In this post, we will discuss 3 homeschooling tips for Physical Education. I know that they will inspire you!
In a proper school, PE lessons usually take place in a sports hall, gymnasium, or large field.
So, how can you replicate this at home?
Here are three ideas:
Drive to your local field
If you have a decently sized garden, you might be able to carry out PE lessons at home.
If not, you can drive to your local field and take advantage of all the extra space.
This way, you can do many activities – such as running, throwing, playing tennis, soccer, and so on.
Getting out of the house is also a good experience for your child and they’ll look forward to their PE lessons all the time!
Effectively, you’re just driving somewhere that provides lots of outdoor space for you to play sports and teach your child.
Make use of things around the home
You’ll be surprised at how many elements of your home can be used to teach PE.
For example, running up and down some steps is a good form of exercise for people to try.
Using thickly carpeted rooms to do roly-polys or gymnastics moves is also a possibility.
Even if you have engineered wood flooring, the slickness is good for doing some sliding exercises.
You can use chairs, sofas, benches, backpacks filled with books – and all sorts of other things around your home to create an effective PE environment.
A good idea is to alternate between going outside and staying indoors for PE lessons.
Realistically, it makes sense to go out when the weather is nice, then rely on your indoor lessons if the weather turns bad.
Don’t forget to educate your child
Yes, don’t forget the second word in PE; education!
This lesson is a good chance to let your kids run around and be active, but you still have to teach them things.
The lessons could begin with some indoor teaching, where you talk to them about certain things relating to physical education.
For example, why being active is good for them.
The older your child is, the more detailed the lessons will be.
If they’re in their teens, PE lessons suddenly become more like human biology lessons as you can talk about the musculoskeletal system, and so on.
For little kids, stick to the basics – like eating healthy, and so on.
For whatever reason, PE is neglected by a lot of homeschooling parents.
That’s not a criticism, simply something that’s been noticed over the last year or so!
It’s probably because it doesn’t seem like a proper school subject, and you focus more on the basics – like English, maths, science, etc.
Well, now you know not to neglect it, and you have three tips to help you teach better.