Home Schooling: Physical Education

OK so I know its been almost a week since I posted but it’s been crazy here.

Today, I want to talk about Physical Education in home schooling because apparently it’s another issue non-home schoolers have.

I will admit it isn’t easy. We have a few extra problems that most home schoolers don’t have.

The first one is that we live on the third floor of an apartment building. We simply can’t be running, thumping and jumping. Even with carpet, sound travels well here.

Secondly, with our myriad of physical issues, it is hard to try to find a program that either Baker Mom or I can teach on a daily basis that doesn’t cause issues with our first problem.

And thirdly, We just can’t go outside to let the kids play near the building, the property manager has said, its against the rules here as “many adults have complained about kid noise outside.” The only exception to this rule is the use of the outside pool if it is open and running. Since its winter, well obviously no pool time there.

So what have we done….

Both Craftster and Gamerboy are involved in a skate club that runs once a week over the winter. Of course, this has, also, had its issues. Craftster has weak ankles and an in-turned foot, that we are working to correct. His auntie and uncle were kind enough to buy the very expensive proper skates to help with that and ankle braces.

Twice a month, they also attend a gym and swim program, which allows time in a gym with a qualified kid instructor at the YMCA and time for free swim.

Soon, skate will be over and we will turn a weekly swim lesson for both Craftster and Gamerboy. Gamerboy, has also elected to join a soccer team as it was free to join at the time. This is good for Gamerboy as Gamerboy has ADHD.

Also, on Fridays and Saturdays, they have a co-op program with their auntie and her kids at her house, which allows free time to play outside, weather permitting.

I, also, know that this isn’t enough but with the crazy weather we had this winter; it isn’t easy to get to the nearest park either. And having weighed myself recently, I decided I wanted to lose 20 pounds myself and I needed to set the example. I prayed and asked for a solution and came up with a simple exercise program we all could do within the building.

After starting this, I came across a very short freebie window opportunity of a complete daily physical education curriculum for home schoolers and after reading it. I realized most of it could be adapted to apartment life and the “tools” needed can be gotten at a dollar store, which is only a few mins away by foot. I got it and the kids love it; it’s stuff I can do with them, which makes it all the better.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. —Luke 11:9-10 NKJV

This part of their education, isn’t easy but it is important; there are options out there if we take the time to seek God and actively look for solutions, and not get bogged down by the naysayers.


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