Physical education, that is homeschool P.E., provides a welcome break in the home education routine. Students need the freedom and fun as well as the health benefits.
What does P.E. mean? It's a course "which utilizes the learning medium of large muscles activities in a play or movement exploration setting."*
Its aim is "to equip students with the knowledge, skills, capacities, and values along with the enthusiasm to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood..."*
Everyone agrees that physical education is necessary and good. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese as far back as 2500 B.C. had well-developed programs of exercise. The Bible mentions physical training and care of the body several times. In St. Paul alone, he uses the analogies that we are to fight the good fight and win the race. In 1 Corinthians 6:20, he exhorts us to "Glorify God, therefore, in your body." It is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
The question now is how to incorporate homeschool P.E. into daily education. (Before planning, check your state, and, if applicable, program and future college requirements.) The easiest way is just take advantage of community, organization, and club sports.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Many private teams also exist. Check until you find one that suits your child.
If chosen carefully, these provide needed competition and recognition for the homeschool youngster. Our experience has been that the rivalry is friendly and coaches and the other parents and children are very supportive. One does not have to be athletic to benefit from most. The skill levels vary and personal effort, team spirit, and a good attitude are highly valued and rewarded.
If you decide to design your own homeschool P.E. program, remember that you can study about sports, health, and hygiene as well as do them.
Also, please check these active games which have lots of running, hopping and skipping. Try these ideas at your next co-op get-together. Active play is a natural means to physical fitness...and lots of fun, too!
Physical education is a "subject" that is enjoyable, creative and flexible. Yet it yields many benefits and is simple to plan and implement. Homeschool P.E. is a requirement you can look forward to!
*Definitions from Answers.com
Basic P.E. Skills
Practical P.E. "Fill-ins"
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