Maybe “winging it” is a good thing. Maybe these students have a more practical, more personalized, more rigorous curriculum than they would have if home educators followed a cookie-cutter prescription. Remember, though, that the parents who explained their PE programs to us were those who have programs they’re proud to share; they may typify homeschooling PE overall … or not.
“The cornerstone of our fitness program has always been running. Everybody (three students, parents) runs, every day,” says Liz in Delaware. “The kids are [also] in organized sports.”
About half of homeschooling parents said their children do not like competitive team sports – that individual sports and fitness activities suit them more than would a school PE program of athletic games-by-season.
“I count [as PE time] the hours my son spends delivering papers. It is definitely a workout for him and the hours are documented by his employer,” says Ruth F. Like a lot of families, Ruth’s works out together. “We bike, canoe, [and] rollerblade.”
Adapted from Choosing Good Health, A Beka Books Home schooling parent Ann O’Neil follows a more structured exercise routine. She found a physical education tracking chart in the book Choosing Good Health and adapted it to her child’s needs (right).