With the ability to cater to your child’s educational needs, it’s no surprise that homeschooling is becoming more and more popular. Teaching your child at home allows you to ensure your child is getting the one-on-one time that so many kids often don’t get in school. While the American School Counselor Association recommends schools have a student-to-counselor ratio of no more than 250:1, many students need more personalized and attentive approaches to their education. This is why so many parents decide to homeschool.
So if you’ve decided to homeschool, it’s important to touch on all of the important classes — including physical education. It can be difficult to get up and moving when school is also your home, so let’s take a look at a few simple ways to keep your kids active during homeschooling.
One of the best ways to get your child active is to get up and get outside. Going outside not only allows you to get plenty of exercise, but it can be a learning activity as well. For example, going on a hike can teach kids about what’s out in the environment and about different plants and animals. Going on bike rides, going swimming, or even just playing in the backyard are all great ways to be active outside. And after being cooped up inside the house all day, it’s nice to get outside. Going to a local park or playground to play for a bit is a great option too. But because only about one in five homes have a park within a half-mile distance, you may have to take advantage of other local resources. Either way, going outside for some physical activity is an easy way to incorporate physical education into your daily homeschooling schedule.
Stick to a Workout Schedule
Like public or private schools, many parents try to stick to a regular schedule when it comes to homeschooling. This helps not only the parents as teachers, but the kids as students as well. It can be challenging for kids to learn and live in the same place, so a schedule can help separate school time from home time. Fortunately, this is a great opportunity to implement a regular workout schedule as well. When kids know they have to do physical activity at a certain time of the day or week, it can make it easier for them to prepare. Also, it can give them plenty of time to look forward to whatever fun activity is planned for them. So just like regular class times, regular exercise times could be part of homeschooling too.
Keep it Personalized
One of the best things about homeschooling is that the curriculum can be tailored to the child’s strengths and weaknesses. And this can be done with physical education activities too! If your child loves to dance and sing, schedule an hour of dance practice every day. Or if your child is into video games, get a fitness game for their game console so they can get up and moving. Overall, the more your child enjoys the activity, the more willing they’ll be to do it. So remember to choose activities your child likes and keep their physical activity options personalized.
Being physically active is an important part of any school curriculum. So if you’re homeschooling your child, make sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure the physical education elements of school don’t get left behind.