I haven't done any formal phys ed. with the children before this year. My kiddos have always been exposed to sports and are very active so we just never bothered with any "formal" lessons. This year I acquired Homeschool P.E. for the P.E. Challenged Mom by Anne Elliott and figured I'd try it out. So far we have loved it! Basically you introduce various challenges to the kiddos (mostly from the presidential fitness challenge) each week, along with lessons on various popular sports. Here is how a typical week goes:
- Monday: Introduce new challenge. This week ours was push-ups.
- Tuesday: Kiddo picks a "movement card" to perform. (I made up little cards with "go on a bike ride" or "jump rope" for activities.)
- Wednesday: Introduce a sport. You actually learn about the sport for a month. This month has been volleyball.
- Thursday: Play a fun game
- Friday: Research a health concern. This week is saturated fats.
Dh and I have even gotten involved in the challenges. And while a new challenge is introduced each week, you still practice all the old ones. So far we have sit-ups, endurance run, and push-ups. I stink at all of them, but am slowly improving. At the end of the school year we can take the president's challenge to show off our physical fitness. Can't wait. ;)
Anywho, today was "movement card" day and ds picked "obstacle course." Basically I had them construct and then run through a homemade obstacle course. Getting fit has never been so much fun. :)
It was a fun activity that not only had them exercising, but working together. Can't beat that with a stick.