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Incorporating Exercise into Homeschool

This spring we decided we’re going to add on some new activities, learn some new things, and keep our exercise interesting!  Here are just a few of the things we have in store for the coming year.  I’m hoping we can make all of them happen!

1. Tee Ball:  Sure this isn’t new and unique for everyone, however for our family it is.  Right now we’re not looking to join a team, though you never know what will happen.  I am not an athletic person at all and my husband has never taken to team sports. We both know the basic gist of the rules and skills, so teaching the girls to play is going to be fairly easy and they already love it.  I can’t wait to start teaching the girls some team sports and I’m glad they’re happy to be learning. We have some great physical education skills to learn, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship skills to focus on.

Tee Ball

2. Frisbee/Disc Golf: I’ve been wanting to learn to play this for a long time.  When I was a kid I LOVED playing with a frisbee and even dabbled in some of the fancy trick shots.  Honestly, Frisbee Football was my favorite game in PE and it’s going to be fun to take on this new outdoor activity with the family.

3. Hooping: This is probably the activity that intrigues me and scares me the most!  I haven’t hula hooped in years.  When I found out there was a local hooping group I decided I need to do this!  The girls love to dance, and they love their hula hoop even though they haven’t quite figured out the hip action yet.  I think this is going to be a fun activity for us to do together.

Hooping for Exercise

4. Yoga: This is nothing new for me, but it’s new for the kids. They are both getting a bit frustrated trying to contort their bodies into some new positions and balancing more. I’ll be checking out some new websites and books about yoga for kids.  I’ll keep you posted as we try some more poses and learn more.

5. Geocaching: Alright, this is no secret.  We love to go geocaching. I’ll be posting more about this in a few days if you want to learn more. The new challenge in this activity is that we have set a goal to find at least 100 caches in 2014.  With the weather as cold as it’s been lately, we’ve only found less than 10, so we have quite a bit to go.  The girls are learning more about map reading, longitude and latitude as we go out with the GPS. Plus they get some exercise too!

Bocce Ball

6. Bocce Ball: This is one of my favorites.  The weighted balls is just another small way to get a bit of strength training. While there isn’t much cardio, it has it’s own exercise use.  It gets us outside and a little active. Most of all, it gets us laughing and having fun together! The kids love this game!

What creative ways are you incorporating more activity and exercise into the family’s schedule?

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6 Comments

  • Julie Jordan Scott

    I will start hooping. I will start hooping. I will start hooping. I was so much better at this when I was a little girl! Seriously scary what a bad hooper I am yet… I want to do it again. One day at a time, right?

    I love your little girl with the bat in her hand, by the way. How cute is that!

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    • Mary

      She had soooo much fun with Tee Ball. When I got it she was disappointed I didn’t buy the sparkly pink soccer ball. But once she started playing tee ball, she didn’t want to stop! I’m so excited about this because usually things she tries out cause her frustration if she doesn’t get it right away…yet nothing but smiles!!!

    • Mary

      We never have any problems getting in either. However we’re always looking for new games to play (as well as inventing a few ourselves!)

  • Sarah Day

    It’s so important to incorporate physical activity into the day. One of my biggest beefs as the kids get into middle school is how little time they have for anything physical – no time to even take a walk over their lunch break.
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    • Mary

      We have to get a bit creative. I want the kids to have as much time as they can to be active, but MY schedule doesn’t always agree with what I want for them and what they need. We live in a newer area so no trees (no big trees at least) and the play ground is too far for them to go alone. So, we come up with games and find as many backyard activities as we can afford! For us it really is a lesson in creativity as well as exercise.

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