There is so much you can do for health and PE.
We have daily conversations about how we can stay healthy (eating, hygiene habits, exercise, etc). This obviously varies by the age of the child but is probably already something you do daily.
We choose activities to be involved in such as gymnastics or dance which help with coordination, grace, and gross motor skills. These are not necessary if your schedule or budget do not allow. You can accomplish similar objectives at home by learning basic skills such as jumping rope, hula hooping, skipping, hopscotch, walking on a curb for balance, climbing a rope, monkey bars, swinging, kicking a ball, playing badminton or baseball (or wiffleball), riding a scooter, and riding a bicycle. You should incorporate some of these skills into your week even if you participate in an organized sport.
There are also great DVD resources available such as PraiseMoves, a Christian alternative to yoga. I have the adult DVD’s and really enjoy them. We also have the kid’s PraiseMoves which the girls enjoy. We especially do these when it’s cold outside and we are not getting out and getting as much exercise. We also have some music DVD’s from previous Vacation Bible Schools that we put on when we can’t get outside and dance to praise music.
You can go for a walk around your neighborhood as often as the weather and your schedule allow. Sometimes I pack the backpack with schoolbooks and we take a walk through the neighborhood, ending at the playground. We do a 10/10 rotation. They give me 10 attentive minutes for lessons and they can have 10 minutes to play. We repeat this cycle until lessons are complete or we need to head home. I keep track of time with the timer on my phone. It only takes once (in our experience) to not come running when I call that it’s time for a lesson. If they don’t come running with an attentive and pleasant attitude, we go home and there’s no more playground time that day.
When it’s too cold to go outside, we still try to get in exercise. (A tired child is a good child!) Some of our options are the PraiseMoves DVD, VBS DVD, mini trampoline (which is also great for reciting math facts), or The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks activity jar. We use this jar on cold or rainy days or when we need a break between lessons. Read more about The Ultimate Guide Brain Breaks
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