It’s no surprise that regular physical stimulation is essential to the health of children. I was so grateful to have our older children participate in a fantastic Homeschool Physical Education (PE) program in Tennessee that explored everything from tag football to basketball. But now that we’re here in the semi-rural deep South, I’ve had to get a bit more creative with our physical stimuli. I do plan a few games of soccer or baseball, or I may coordinate some relays or trampoline time. However, I recently came across a slight dilemma…how do I avoid the sudden rush of adrenalin when I call “recess” and my crew of 7 charges out the door like they’ve been caged up for hours?
For many years now I’ve told the children we don’t want to draw attention to ourselves during regular school hours, so we must be discreet if we’re outdoors during the hours of 8a-2p. Though most of our neighbors know we homeschool, I still am cautious when it comes to the those who are unaware. So when our children dash outside for their daily dose of exercise, I’ve had to be very clear about setting guidelines to avoid unwanted attention. One way I’ve resolved the matter is to occasionally allow each child some supervised time burning calories on the treadmill. I set the timer to 10minutes and allow them some dedicated running time. This has proven to be an effective way to limit the intensity of energy while still maintaining order during “recess.”
Any tips to share about your creative techniques for PE?