Is Homeschool Gym Class a Challenge?
Homeschooling has been a huge decision that parents have been faced with over the past few years. Maybe it’s a decision you never thought you would have to make yet here you are trying to plan for those daily activities. For many, even veteran homeschoolers, you realize that planning for homeschool gym class may be a bigger challenge than you thought.
So, what happens when you have to plan for gym class? How do you go about it? What should your goals be? In this article. We will give you some ideas on how to make planning easy and effective. You will also find some activities that you can use to help your child learn while having fun.
How Do You Plan for Gym Class?
Where do you start? What activities do you choose? Do you look for fun, to burn off some energy, or to teach your kids life-long skills that will build as they grow and will stay with them no matter their stage in life?
We totally get that and as a company that focuses on the lifelong health of the whole family, we’re here to help with or develop a consistent curriculum, especially when it comes to Physical Education.
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Physical education is a vital piece of a child’s overall well-being and is a required course in some states. Even if it’s not required coursework, the CDC guidelines recommend that children ages 6 to 17 do 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily activity. This is because keeping kids active is not only crucial for their physical health, it is imperative for their mental health as well.
If you are pulling together the curriculum yourself, look at PE like any other extracurricular. Set aside the time in the weekly schedule by purposefully including gym time in your elective time slots. Even kids who do virtual school with direction from their regular PE teacher could use a boost of ideas or a little at-home motivation sometimes. Read Why Being Healthy and Fit is Important For Kids Here.
We continuously recommend that everyone start by just moving. Find something you like and move. Easier said than done? Let our self-guided equipment help.
Self-Guided Products Make Your Time More Seamless
While a set curriculum or class design is optimal for homeschool gym class, let’s face it, some days, you are short on planning time or creative ideas. Enter the foolproof plan. Self-Guided products can take the guesswork out of those days when the plan just didn’t come together in time. With Self-Guided products, your kids can grab and go right to gym class in a seamless manner. Together you can set time expectations and routines based on ideas that are printed on our products.
Prism Fitness has many standard pieces of fitness equipment that come with the exercises printed right on the products. Simply assign a piece or two of equipment for a session, and the kids get to pick from the moves that are at their fingertips. It’s also a great way to give kids a say in how they move their bodies, which can be helpful during chaotic times.
Make Homeschool Gym Class Fun!
Gym class for homeschooling doesn’t have to be a chore or a total bore. Make sure to get in on the fun. One of the hardest things as a homeschool parent may be to get the physical activity that you want and need. Health and well-being are essential for homeschool providers, so get in the game!
These activities are designed with the whole family in mind so don’t forget to get in on the action. We know that educating your children is important to your family, as it is for all of ours.
Remember, teaching kids that physical activity is important for their whole lives should always be the main focus of any gym class. Starting young gives them the chance to love to move and doing so in fun ways helps them to see that it can be done in many different ways. Try some of these fun ideas below.
Grab a deck of cards and a few pieces of equipment for each student such as the SMART Stability Ball and Smart Medicine Ball. Assign a move for each of the suits in the card deck. Flip over one card at a time and have the student complete the number of reps that are on the card face corresponding to the move assigned to the suit. Jacks, Queens, and Kings can be assigned as 10, and Aces as 1 or 11, depending on how hard you want to make the session.
Diamonds: SMART Medicine Ball Figure 8’s (Ball in front of the chest, figure 8)
Spades: Squats while holding the SMART Stability Ball overhead.
Hearts: Seated Russian Twists using the SMART Medicine Ball
Clubs: Seated Crunches with the SMART Stability Ball
JOKERS: Kid’s choice!
Kids really benefit from the social aspect of physical education, so if it works into your schedule, have them coordinate their sessions with other students via Zoom. You can also find other local homeschool groups, families, or organizations to join for regular activities. It’s a great way to stay connected to peers, reduce anxiety, and help boost mental health along with physical activity.
Here are a few more homeschool gym class ideas to try:
Pretend Kayak Races
Grab a SMART Stability Ball (kayak) and a SMART Stick (paddle) and pretend they are on a kayak adventure! If you have time, come up with a fun narrative that takes them through the jungles, mangroves, or a raging river. You can even have them add to the adventure by creating their own neighborhood, “Triathalon.” Take the whole session outside and add a short bike and hike/run distance after the kayak race!
Agility Ladder Circuits
See how many ways they can come up with to move their feet! You can give them a few moves to start, but let them help you identify the many ways they can build coordination. It gives them a boost of confidence to create and complete something that they helped come up with. Grab our SMART Modular Agility Ladder, and your options are endless. Set the ladders up on any flat surface and connect them together to make the fun go even further. Bundle these with some hurdles and really add some jump to your game!
Bunny Hops – Hop with both feet through the rungs of the ladder. See if you can jump high or stay down low. Switch up the movements of your upper body to add variety. You can also use the low hurdles for Bunny Hop by spreading them out throughout the “patch” and hopping as you pick your daily vegetables.
Fast Feet – Play this as a beat-the-timer game or beat-your-previous-time type of game. You could also set these up as a relay, going forward and backward through the ladders, or racing as fast as their growing feet will carry them.
Piano Play (think of the movie “Big”) Incorporating two lessons in one. Yes, please! Lay the letters on the floor that align with the keys on a piano. Have the kids practice their piano while tapping out the songs with their feet. They can hop from one key to the next.
Homeschool Gym Classes Can Be Fun!
Homeschooling gym classes can be a great way to ensure your child is staying active and healthy while also having fun. With the right guidance and a little creativity, you can create an engaging and enjoyable at-home gym experience.
Watching your child’s enthusiasm as they take part in regular physical activity will be rewarding for the whole family. Not only that, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that they are exercising safely and learning important lessons on physical fitness.
You can see that gym classes can be really fun for the whole family. It doesn’t have to be stressful and with our self-guided equipment, it can be a breeze to help your kids get moving.
Start today and create your fun homeschool gym class. Need more ideas? Just reach out and let us know what areas you are looking for ideas in. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our regular emails to get more education for the whole family. If you sign up through the links below, you can get access to our Kid Activity Binders.