The HSV Panel – P.E.

I am so excited to introduce you to our *new* HSV Panel! These fantastic ladies have a permanent residence in the Village (on the right side bar with links to their blogs – go check them out). The HSV Panel will be answering one question each week and sharing their experiences with us!

“P.E. is sometimes mistaken to mean dodge ball – how do you define Physical Education”.

April G. ~ In our homeschool physical education encompasses all things related to maintaining good physical health. It is body movement through sport or exercise, and it is an awareness of it’s benefits for your health. In our house, Physical Education includes walking, bike riding, swimming, karate class, and sometimes even the Wii.

Kris B. P.E. is one of those “subjects” that I really don’t stress about. To me, it’s all about being active and learning to care for your body. For my oldest, it usually takes the form of an organized volleyball league; for my younger two it’s often just bike riding or playing outside. Through my efforts to lose 95 pounds this year (I’m down 58, so far), we’ve all learned the benefits of eating healthy and staying active.

Cheryl – To our family, P.E. means being active and healthy. We concentrate making activity part of our daily lifestyle rather than a rigorous exercise routine which has to be checked off our to do list. Health should not be a chore. We incorporate things like family walks, bike rides, roller skating and the like. P.E. is a lifestyle, not a regiment.

Maureen – I believe that P.E. is intentional instruction that teaches development and care of the body through physical movement. For me, a good P.E. class has a purpose and a goal. The instructor knows why they are teaching certain skills, and the games fit in with the purpose and goal. So it is more than just getting kids moving and calling it P.E. The participants should be learning a new skill or trying to achieve some sort of physical goal (i.e. working up to running a mile, swimming x number of laps etc.).

Mirinda – P.E to us is anything that gets them moving and their heart rate up. That ranges from jumping jacks, riding bikes, taking a walk or playing on the playground. This year we’ve also decided each child has to participate in a ‘team’ sport each season, which they are very excited about!

Laura ~ We believe that PE is any physical activity! We live in Florida so we can be outdoors most any time of year and we take advantage of it- running and playing at the park, swimming, and riding our bikes is something we all do. There are times that we get together with friends and play more organized sport activities, but it’s not something that I feel we must do. Being healthy and being outside and active is enough PE for us!

Crystal ~ P.E. in our homeschool over the years has taken on many forms. The kids have taken many different types of classes: tap dancing, swimming, horse-riding, gymnastics. They’ve participated in various sports activities, and have taken a P.E. class in our co-op. We’ve incorporated Physical Education into our daily lives through doing exercise videos, going on walks, and playing tag in our backyard—among other things. Most of all, we believe that P.E. should be more of a lifestyle of being physically active and healthy, rather than a class the kids take a couple of times a week for school.

Lori ~ When I first started homeschooling P.E. was one of the subjects at the top of my list that I thought “How am I ever going to teach THAT?!”! And as with most things in homeschooling it’s the one subject that I don’t even plan for now because it happens so naturally throughout the year. Swimming and swimming lessons, trampoline, daily chores (we have lots of animals on our acreage so the chores are quite physical), skating in the winter, homeschool hockey club, paintball, golfing, etc. Last year our homeschool group even created a track and field day that was exactly what my 6 year old had asked for “running lessons”. Physical Education? No sweat!

Angie ~
We have never done any formal physical educational classes like you would have in a public school (though some of our friends have done them at a local Christian school that has them for homeschoolers). We have focused on things like ballet, tap, and gymnastics for our daughter, and open gym time at the gymnastics center for our sons. We also enjoy playing outside, riding bikes/scooters, playing our Wii, and any other fun physical things we can do.

Ellen ~
As high school home schoolers, we define P.E. as “a time to learn and reinforce healthy habits including exercising and recreational sports.” We work out at the YMCA to keep healthy – physically, spiritually, and mentally. Some of my teens play recreation soccer and basketball which is counted toward their high school PE credit. My daughter, who plays Varsity Soccer and Basketball, does not get credit for PE from these sports. She does earn a Varsity Letter and a place on her transcript to show it off.

Margaret ~ The way I define PE is ANYTHING that involves physical activity. We have four boys (three still in school) and through the school year we are a part of a Homeschool gym class that is located at a Bible camp and our boys just love it. It involves wall climbing, ultimate Frisbee, many creative games, horseback riding, ect. We are also a part of our local swim team through the summer which is great exercise and they are taught the proper way to swim freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly as well as working together as a team. If these types of things are not available where you live bike riding, rollerblading, wrestling (with dad and brothers), lifting weights and doing exercise with a video (we have one called “U Can Do”) which integrates math and exercise.


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