Homeschooled Children and Physical Education
Objectives for Homeschool Physical Education
- Foster a healthy attitude toward exercise. Often, when it comes to physical education, the emphasis is placed on performance and skill, not lifestyle. But, children need to understand that a healthy lifestyle means engaging in regular exercise. And, to increase their chances of readily including activity as a part of their life, positive associations with exercise have to be developed. The parent should design a physical education curriculum that includes exercise activities that the child views as enjoyable and which are within the child's skill level to prevent discouragement; yet, they need to be challenging to develop a healthy body.
- Teach the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health benefits associated with regular exercise. Exercise can improve concentration and academic performance, decrease stress levels, boost energy levels, and enhance self-image.
- Improve the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health of the child. Prevention against chronic diseases in adulthood, such as heart disease and osteoporosis, begins in childhood. Incorporating physical activity into the homeschooled child's curriculum is an important step towards protection against these health conditions.
- Develop motor skills and movement patterns associated with various physical activities.
- Frisbee or other throwing discs
- Red rubber playground ball
- Hula hoop
- Jump rope
- Tennis ball and racquet
- Scooter or skateboard
- Pogo Stick
- Softball and bat
- Protective gear such as helmet and pads for the wrists, elbows, and knees
- Local Parks and Recreation Department. Most community centers offer some type of physical activity class such as swimming, karate, gymnastics, and dance. Participation on community sport teams, such as little league, are often available as well. Some facilities offer physical education programs specifically designed for homeschooled children.
- Public school system in which the child resides. Check to see if the local school district has elective physical education classes in which the homeschool child can enroll. Also inquire about eligibility to participate on public school sports teams.
- YMCA and Fitness Centers. Physical activity opportunities available are similar to what can be found through the local Parks and Recreation Department.
- Family Place of Worship. Churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues may offer intramural sports or fitness classes to members.
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