Curriculum 101: P.E.

Curriculum101One 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!

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22 thoughts on “Curriculum 101: P.E.

  1. My four older children (all graduated now) were involved in organized sports from a young age. With my youngest – who is five – we are taking a different approach entirely. I encourage playing outside – at least 2 hours a day – in all (except stormy) weather. We play together, garden, dig in the mud, splash in puddles, swim, walk, ride scooter or bike – whatever as long as we are outside doing it. We live in suburbia, but once a week we have “forest day” in which we go to nearby wilderness area. We hike, fish, throw rocks, climb trees, build forts, picnic and tell nature stories and paint in our nature journals. This hits up PE, Science, and Bible – as we talk about God’s creation. Maybe someday my daughter will ask to take dance or play basketball, but until that time we will dance in fields of flowers and throw rocks to see if we can hit tree trunks.

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  2. We’re in suburbia too. And I have five wild boys and a very active daughter, so an early morning walk is crucial. Also, regular park days, bike rides, and just being outside! Thank you for your posts 🙂

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  3. This is a great read! Thanks for sharing! I agree with you, P.E. was far by one of the subjects I felt was discouraging. As you said, with homeschooling you’re free to set the limit for physical activity. We usually go out to parks after we finish homeschooling, meet up at the Childrens Museum, go to music classes, go to gymnastics, play outside with the neighbors, and if there are any outdoor activities, I would definitely take my kids. The weather is getting a bit challenging for us in the Middle East, and I’ve just recently heard that this year it’s going to be one of the coldest winters of all. Yay! So I have to start planning some sort of indoor exercises for them! Thanks for your post again! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

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  4. For P.E. we do sports for the required part that our state requires. We do swim team all summer and just finished up soccer. Daddy was coach and our son enjoyed that. As far as a dedicated PE class time per day. That depends. We do so many real life activities that not every day is spent committed to PE.
    As a family we are on a journey to eat healthier and get in shape. My kids are all very healthy and thin but we all feel so much better to work out. It brings us together to do silly exercise moves all together. So that’s what I plan to start doing for PE now that the sports are off season…. to start working out together.
    We regularly play, wrestle and do all kinds of sports in our yard together and go on walks etc for fun 🙂
    I also agree with the nonsense of PE in public school. I also almost hated it. Ours also did a health class where we pinched each others fat … that was beyond humiliating for all of us girls. Nonsense 🙂

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  5. I didn’t mind P.E. The only part I detested was team sports, where I usually got picked last or end up being slammed with some jibe about being a “loser”, “fat” and or “hopeless.” Still, it beat sitting in a hot classroom doing Maths. The length of time we spend doing P.E activities vary. We are either doing basketball, cricket, swimming, baseball, dodge ball or mountain bike riding. Looking to add self-defence classes eventually.

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    • Okay… obviously I am not thinking hard enough when it comes to P.E. activities. That or I am just an absolute homebody.

      I cannot mountain bike – like, at all; the idea of being hit with a dodge ball gives me the shivers; I have no idea how to play cricket (like baseball, right?); and our pools are only open three months out of the year.

      It’s obvious I need to get my head out of the sand and find a more creative way to explore physical exercise.

      That’s a city girl for you!

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      • 🙂 I’m not really that into sport, more music and academics. So, it might sound busy, but we pace the activities out over the year. Some weeks, we’re just too focused on other things or spending time catching up. Like this week, we’re using the term break to finish of some text book work for maths.

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  6. All four of mine were enrolled in the local dance school. Yes, even my son these past few years! (His choice, by the way!) It makes it easier on the family schedule to have them all doing the same activity, and I don’t have to worry about whether they’re active enough. Win, win, all around for us!

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