Is Homeschool Gym Class A Challenge?
Schooling at home in the last year became the norm, and for many, this continues to be the case. But whether you’re a veteran homeschooler or were faced with an unexpected change to your children’s schooling situation, homeschool gym class can be a challenge. We’re here to help with or develop a consistent curriculum, especially when it comes to Physical Education.
Physical education is a vital piece of a child’s overall well-being and is a required course in some states. Even 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 extra-curricular. 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 to ideas or a little at-home motivation sometimes.
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 in the fool-proof plan. Self-Guided products can take the guesswork out of those days where the plan just didn’t come together in time. 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!
Grab a deck of cards and a few pieces of equipment for each student. 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. It’s a great way to stay connected to peers, reduce anxiety, and help boost mental health.
Here are a few more 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. Bundle with some hurdles and really add some jump in your game!
Piano Play (think of the movie “Big”)
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