One of the biggest struggles homeschooling families battle is which curriculum is best for their children. We become overwhelmed by the amount of curriculum available, struggle to find the right fit for each of our children, proceed to doubt each choice made for at least the first several weeks, and continue to search for new ways of teaching well after we’ve already begun our year.
To this end, we thought we’d spend the month of September launching discussions on all things curriculum.
Think back to when you went to school. (Provided you actually went to public/private school.) What was your least favorite subject? Mine was P.E.
It didn’t make sense to me. You waste ten minutes checking in and changing, another ten warming up, you finally spend about twenty minutes in an activity, and then you have to go change all over again. By the time you got done with class, you were hot, sweaty, and tired. Oh, and by the way, they weren’t kind enough to give you P.E. at the end of your day, so you could go home and shower, or the beginning of your day, so you could clean up for the rest of the day. Nope; you had P.E. in the middle of your day, just for the fun of it. Yuck!
One of the many beauties of homeschooling is that we have the freedom to set our own limits. While we might want four hours of physical education a week, we aren’t restricted to how that is accomplished. I can do all four hours in one afternoon, if I so chose, or spread it out over the course of the week. There are a multitudes of ways in which we could vary our routine.
Now the only thing which remains to be determined… what will we actually do? (laughing)
- How often are you doing P.E.?
- Do your children like P.E.?
- Is there a favorite activity which you use for P.E.?
- Do you think P.E. ought to be mandatory or voluntary?
- Is there a plan in place for rainy days?
- If you live in a more urban environment, is P.E. a struggle?
- Does health play a part in your physical education?
Tomorrow morning, after a good breakfast, our entire family is going to bunker down in the living room for a few minutes of good ole’ fashioned fun and exercise before tackling the day.
It might not be my favorite part of the day, but it sure beats anything I did when I was in school!
Now, it’s your turn!! Share your thoughts on the above questions and let us hear from you. We’d love your feedback and appreciate those links you’ve been sharing!