Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home
P E, phys ed, gym: whatever you called it, all of us public schoolers did it. Some of us dreaded it; some of us considered it the best part of the day. If you had to wear one-piece gym suits that zipped up the front, well, I’m laughing (and blushing) right along with you.
So how do homeschoolers handle PE? I am surprised at the number of people who ask me “Does [swimming, hiking, gymnastics, dancing] count as PE?” Of course! If your child is getting exercise, he is engaged in PE.
For most younger children, the need to move is innate.
What kid doesn’t want to climb the perfect tree or beg to go to the park? How many times have you heard yourself admonish your little kids to be still for a few minutes—to stop rolling around on the ground?
But as these same wiggly children enter the teen years, they would likely rather be on Facebook than running around outside.
While the inclination for physical activity is built into us, we have to be deliberate about providing opportunities for PE, especially as our kids get older.